Research

"The tighter the schedule, the less safe the air transportation system will be."

George Donohue, Professor and Director

Selected Research

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $13.9 million to Roger Stough and Kingsley Haynes (School of Public Policy) to establish a National Center on Intelligent Transportation Systems to conduct research on institutional barriers to these systems.

  • The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $1.8 million to Kingsley Haynes, Roger Stough and Brien Bensen (School of Public Policy) to study transportation issues related to regional economic development.

  • The Virginia Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships awarded $1.7 million to Jonathan Gifford (School of Public Policy) to support research and education on policy issues associated with transportation public-private partnerships.

  • The Department of Transportation awarded $1.6 million to Deborah Boehm-Davis (College of Humanities and Social Sciences) to evaluate the best ways to display information and enter information into cockpit systems.

  • The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) has awarded $1.5 million to Lance Sherry (Volgenau School of Engineering) and George Hunter (Sensis Corp) to use their simulation of national airspace to examine the effects of performance and safety of modernization proposals in the presence of weather and other disruptions.

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded $1.2 million to Karla Hoffman, Lance Sherry and George Donohue (Volgenau School of Engineering) to evaluate alternative market-based mechanisms for alleviating long delays in the US airspace caused by weather, maintenance or other unanticipated disruptions to service.

  • The Department of Energy awarded $747,000 to John Shortle (Volgenau School of Engineering) to develop methods to quickly make design decisions that reduce the likelihood of a catastrophic rare event (e.g., a large-scale blackout).

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded $500,000 to Carryl Baldwin (College of Humanities and Social Sciences) to establish Human Factors Guidelines for the design of the driver-vehicle interface for future Connected Vehicles, a precursor to fully autonomous vehicles.

  • The Federal Highway Administration awarded $384,666 to Jyh-Ming Lien (Volgenau School of Engineering) to develop a theoretically sound, behaviorally robust, and computationally efficient simulation-based traffic analysis modeling system.

  • The Federal Aviation Administration awarded $365,000 to Lance Sherry (Volgenau School of Engineering) to develop and demonstrate methods than can be used by applicants for proof of compliance for flightdeck systems for the proposed FAA regulation 25.1302.

  • The Department of Energy awarded $235,000 to John Shortle and Lance Sherry (Volgenau School of Engineering) to analyze future aviation concepts to ensure aircraft will be safely separated from wake vortices.