The Runway Status Lights System helps air traffic controllers and pilots monitor the runway and prevent collisions between aircrafts.

Surveillance Systems

Our group develops integrated sensing and decision support systems that enable safe and efficient air and surface transportation. We specialize in modern air traffic control radars and ground and airborne collision avoidance systems. An increasingly important area of work for us is unmanned aircraft systems. The systems we work on help prevent aircraft accidents and ensure safe organization of air traffic. With technical expertise in real-time software architecture, radio-frequency and digital hardware design, advanced supercomputing-enabled modeling and simulation, machine learning, and system integration, our research teams take new ideas for solving problems and develop them into working prototypes. We are currently working on detect and avoid systems for both unmanned aircraft systems and new surveillance systems for smaller airports. We are also developing analytical methods to help automated vehicles integrate safely and efficiently into the current surface transportation system.

Featured Projects

ACAS-X alerts pilots to nearby traffic and issues actions to avoid collisions with other aircraft.
A next-generation collision avoidance system will help pilots and unmanned aircraft safely navigate the airspace.
The antennas on the Small Airport Surveillance Sensor receive signals from aircraft transponders containing information about the aircraft's identification, speed, and altitude.
An affordable radar surveillance system will help tower controllers at small airports monitor traffic even under poor visibility conditions.

Advancing Our Research


15 - 17
Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

Available Datasets

Featured Publications

Benchmarking the processing of aircraft tracks with triples mode and self-scheduling

Sep 20
2021 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conf., HPEC, 20-24 September 2021.

Benefits of realist ontologies to systems engineering

Sep 11
Joint Ontology Workshops 2021 Episode VII: The Bolzano Summer of Knowledge, JOWO 2021, 11-18 September 2021.

Demand and capacity modeling for advanced air mobility

Aug 2
AIAA Aviation 2021 Conf., 2-6 August 2021.