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Thales Australia – RMIT Research Activities on Air Traffic Management Systems

RMIT research activity in Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) is currently undertaken at the Autonomous and Intelligent Aerospace Systems (AIAS) Laboratory and at THALES Centre for Advanced Studies in Air Traffic Management (CASIA).

The AIAS Lab includes various custom designed, immersive and network-enabled simulation facilities. Flight simulators supports a wide range of research activities in the field of human-machine interactions and autonomous systems, including: Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems; defence, security and humanitarian mission systems; and human-in/on-the-loop testing. Advanced sensors and computing platforms are available for research on human factors and ergonomics. Further capabilities include state-of-the art Air Traffic Management (ATM) simulators, constituted by an immersive Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower, Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) tools and hardware/software for the development of next-generation CNS/ATM and Space Traffic Management (STM) systems.


CASIA pioneers innovative solutions and explores new technologies to make air travel safer, more efficient and greener. Through shared research initiatives and other forms of cooperation, CASIA benefits the local and international ATM community while engaging a wide range of aviation stakeholders, including customers, partners and educational institutions. In this context, Thales has confirmed that the RMIT Cyber-Physical Systems Group is the preferred academic partner for research and development activities in the field of ATM and ATFM.


The results obtained from various ATM Decision Support Systems (DSS) software development activities, as well as evaluation of new functionalities developed at RMIT University were delivered to THALES Australia as part of the on-going research projects on next generation of ATM systems. These projects include:

  • Human-Autonomy Interactions for Very Low-Level Air Traffic Operations – UAS Traffic Management and Urban Air Mobility
  • Development of Cognitive Human-Machine Interfaces and Interactions (CHMI2) for Air Traffic Management Systems
  • Next Generation Air Traffic Management Systems: 4D Trajectory Optimization and Dynamic Airspace Management
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Integration into Civil Airspace
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