Our Mission

We are at the beginning of the transformation of the entire mobility sector closely linked to the digitalization and automation of almost all traffic and transport processes. Self-driving, autonomous flying, digitally networked, and cooperating modes of transport will make future traffic more efficient, environmentally friendly, and safer across the board. For this purpose, innovative concepts and technologies for vehicles, operational procedures, and infrastructures are being developed, tested, and implemented in the field. Our mission is to research air transport as an overall system, to develop detailed expertise that is outstanding in specific areas, and to translate research findings into operationally relevant solutions.

Shaping the future of the air transport system

Prof. Michael Schultz

Welcome to the Chair of Air Traffic Concepts.

Since March 1, 2022, I am heading the chair and establishing research teams on adaptive air traffic concepts, innovations in air traffic management, mobility in regional/urban airspace, and airport management (passenger and cargo logistics).

If you would like to become part of the team or are looking for a collaboration partner, please feel free to contact me directly.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Schultz

Research and teaching focus

The air traffic system represents all individual systems involved and their complex interactions. These systems can be specific technologies, such as electrically or autonomously operated aircraft, or actual operational processes, such as the optimized sequencing of arrivals and departures at the airport. By integrating a large number of individual systems in an interconnected ATM research laboratory, it is possible to evaluate not only the specific benefits of each individual system but also the impact of their interaction within the entire air traffic system.





Airport, passengers, and automation

Due to the close interconnection between airports and ground-based traffic, the performance of the entire system is dependent on the efficient management of local operations. Increasingly, technological advances in sensor technology and artificial intelligence are enabling the automation of airport handling processes.


Air traffic management and control structures

In classical air traffic management, static airspace structures lead to inefficient traffic flows in highly congested traffic scenarios. Innovative concepts, such as dynamic airspace sectorization, long-range air traffic management, and mobile sectors, must be consistently developed further and implemented in an application-oriented manner.


Regional/ urban air mobility

Future mobility will result in a greater interconnection of transport modes. With a focus on air transport, concepts of electric flying, automated/autonomous guidance and control of flying platforms, and the interactions between the various modes of transportation represent significant challenges.


Method development

Developing innovative concepts and their implementation in air traffic requires profound methodological competence. In addition to fundamental data analysis skills, this also includes handling and processing large amounts of data and visualizing the results.



Fundamentals of Air Traffic (B.Sc.)

The course teaches the fundamentals of the structure and operation of the air traffic system, introduces important airport and aircraft handling structures, and explains operational relationships. The aim is to know the system participants well enough to evaluate their interactions. The mathematical modeling of air traffic system processes should enable the analysis of streamlined problems and the development of enhanced solutions.


Transportation System Theory (M.Sc.)

With the basic laws presented, the qualitative and quantitative performance of a traffic system can be evaluated. The necessary mathematical and statistical methods are consolidated in exercises and transferred into analytical and model-based approaches for individual tasks. With these skills, students can independently map and solve concrete air traffic problems and evaluate the obtained results.


Air Traffic Management (M.Sc.)

For effective management of air traffic, it is necessary to understand operational, infrastructural, legal, ecological, and economic constraints. It will be explained how to determine capacity, load, and efficiency indicators, and it will be taught how to analyze and evaluate actual flight operations. Students learn the requirements for the integration of new technologies (such as autonomous transportation) in order to comprehend innovative concepts and develop their own solutions.

Airport Operations and Urban Air Mobility (M.Sc.)

The airport, as the intermodal interface for passenger and freight transport, must satisfy a number of constraints, driven by, e.g., safety, capacity, or noise. Digitalization and automation are creating new process design opportunities. The concepts of operation are presented and scaled to the urban/regional area.

Topics for student projects

We investigate different aspects of air traffic as an overall system (e.g. network) and as an interconnection of many smaller systems (e.g. aircraft, airport, air traffic control). These aspects include passenger processes at the airport, efficient airport management, approach/departure optimization, capacity improvements, flight track analysis, and procedure optimization, development of evaluation metrics, and many more. The following topics offer a small selection of possible areas of focus. Do not hesitate to contact us with your own ideas as well.

Contact and directions


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