Purdue University Graduate School
Jiazhen_Zhou_Thesis.pdf (1.85 MB)

Resilient Operation of Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management: models and theories

Download (1.85 MB)
posted on 2022-04-25, 17:12 authored by Jiazhen ZhouJiazhen Zhou

Due to the rapid development of technologies for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS's), the supply and demand market for UAS's is expanding globally. With the great number of UAS's ready to fly in civilian airspace, an UAS aircraft traffic management system that can guarantee the safe, resilient and efficient operation of UAS's is absent. The vast majority of existing literature on UAS traffic lacks of the attention to the fundamental characteristics of UAS operation, which leads to models and methods that are difficult to implement or lacks scalability. Motivated by these challenges, this research aims at achieving three objectives: 1) the proper frameworks that scale well with high-frequency, high-density UAS operations, 2) the models that captures the fundamental characteristics of UAS operations, 3) the methods that can be implemented in practice with guarantees of efficiency, safety, and resilience. In particular, the objectives are studied at low-level UAS traffic congestion control, agent-level UAS configuration control and unknown agent prediction. The proposed frameworks and obtained results offer comprehensive and practical guidelines of real world UAS operations at different levels.


12000364, F.00036669.02.007

16100105, F.00036669.02.005

40002975, F.00036669.02.004


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dengfeng Sun

Additional Committee Member 2

Jianghai Hu

Additional Committee Member 3

Shaoshuai Mou

Additional Committee Member 4

Li Jin