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I obtained my DPhil Physiological Sciences (Sub-Faculty of Medical Sciences) in 1993 and BA (Hons) Natural Sciences in 1989, both from the University of Oxford. I was a freelance transport researcher from 1989, before becoming a Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, joining the University of Westminster in 1993. Research at the University of Westminster has covered a number of transport modes, primarily in rail and aviation, with the focus moving early on to air traffic management (ATM). In addition to lecturing and research degree supervision, my primary role is managing the Department's ATM research.

External activities / membership

  • Member, SESAR Scientific Committee
  • Coordinator, SESAR Knowledge Transfer Network (Engage)
  • Full Member, Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS)
  • Member, EUROCONTROL Agency Research Team
  • Associated Member, Association for the Scientific Development of ATM in Europe (ASDA, Braunschweig)
  • Member, Programme Committee, SESAR Innovation Days (ATM annual research conference)
  • Member, Programme Committee, International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS)
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, OPTICS2 project
  • Member, Scientific Board, INAIR international conference (University of Žilina)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Aerospace Operations 
  • Certified Member (CMRS), UK Market Research Society

Teaching

Andrew lectures on air traffic management and quantitative analysis methods on the Air Transport Planning and Management Masters course and external aviation short courses. He also supervises, coordinates and examines MSc/PhD research internally and externally, with invited lectures across Europe and in China. Teaching and mentoring also embraces the SESAR Knowledge Transfer Network (Engage) summer schools, workshops and PhD programme, plus supporting visiting research students at the University of Westminster.

Research

Research & Consultancy

Andrew has led research on 25 major European ATM projects since 1999, being project coordinator for 16 of them. This research has been primarily funded through SESAR, EUROCONTROL and the European Commission, and has been carried out in collaboration with airlines, airports, ANSPs, multiple software/service providers, and other European universities and research institutes. Commercial work has also been undertaken in cooperation with a wide cross-section of research associates and clients, in particular with universities, numerous airlines and ANSPs, plus key industry partners such as Lufthansa Systems, Raytheon, Selex, Thales, QinetiQ and EUROCONTROL. Andrew has acted as economic advisor and scientific evaluator for industry and national government, with funding also from research councils and government departments.

As leader of the University’s air traffic management research, the following are key fields of R&D:

  • operational performance assessment, trade-offs and policy alignment; 
  • delay management cost-benefit evaluation, optimisation and tools development;
  • passenger mobility, service delivery modelling and intermodal integration;
  • behavioural science/economics (societal and industry domains);
  • complexity science (understanding and improving network performance);
  • agent-based modelling and simulation;
  • ATC/ANSP service and performance benchmarking;
  • data cleaning, validation and mining.

Whilst this technical work is founded on analytical methods and modelling, we anchor our research in areas where we can deliver practical benefit to stakeholders such as airlines and passengers. We continually strive to maintain a mix of innovative work and building on existing strengths where we support operational requirements for the industry, research community and policy makers.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.