Research conducted in the department Air Transportation mainly focuses on model- and data-based performance assessments, performance-based airport management and advanced air traffic management concepts.
The key activity of the department is the development of methods and procedures to support controllers in the monitoring, planning and guidance of air and ground traffic, particularly at busy airports.
The department of pilot assistance is conducting research on methods for the cognitive automatization of on-board flight guidance functions. Its aim is the integral support of the aircrews flight guidance during all phases of a flight, "gate-to-gate".
The ATM-Simulation analyses and evaluates new concepts and technologies for air traffic management in realistic environments. For that, an integrated complex of onboard and ground simulators is used.
The Human Factors department focuses on the design of advanced human-machine interfaces for aviation operators such as pilots and air traffic controllers. Design solutions are based on principles of human-centred automation and tested in simulations and field trials.
Management Services performs the central administrative and strategic tasks of the Institute. By pooling organizational and methodical tasks, the Institute's goals can be pursued in a coordinated approach.