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Steven Landry, PhD: Function Allocation for Next Generation Air Traffic Control



Radically new technologies, operational procedures, roles, and responsibilities are being proposed for pilots and air traffic controllers under the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). These changes indicate a need for new displays for pilots and air traffic controllers. In this talk, Dr. Steven Landry will discuss what innovations are called for and what fundamental questions still remain unanswered. Examples presented include a three-dimensional traffic display for pilots and a new display with advanced automation for air traffic controllers.


Dr. Steven Landry is an Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. From 2002 to 2005 he was a research engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, where he worked on the Multi-Center Traffic Management Advisor system and the Advanced Airspace Concept. He completed his Ph.D. in 2004 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, concentrating in human-machine systems, with a minor (and certificate) in cognitive science. He completed his S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Between his undergraduate and graduate education, he was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a C-141B pilot with more than 2,500 heavy jet flight hours logged.