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Noncooperative conflict resolution [air traffic management]

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3 Author(s)
C. Tomlin ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; G. J. Pappas ; S. Sastry

Next generation air traffic management will allow for the possibility of free flight, in which each aircraft chooses its own optimal route, altitude and speed. In a free flight environment, the trajectories of several aircraft may be conflicting, in which case aircraft may or may not cooperate in resolving the conflict. This paper presents a method for noncooperative conflict resolution in which each aircraft develops a resolution strategy for the worst possible actions (within known bounds) of the other aircraft. The resolution strategy is based on noncooperative game theory: the solution to the game partitions the state space of each aircraft into safe and unsafe sets which represent level sets of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation, and the control strategies are abstracted into discrete protocols within each partition. Two examples of conflict resolution using speed and heading changes are worked out in detail

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Decision and Control, 1997., Proceedings of the 36th IEEE Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

10-12 Dec 1997