James K. Kuchar - Biography

James Kuchar Biography

Dr. James K. Kuchar is leader of the Air Traffic Control Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, focusing on integrated sensing and decision-support systems for aviation safety and efficiency. His current responsibilities include management of the group’s programs in weather systems, algorithms, analysis, and operational testing and integration.

After joining the Surveillance Systems Group at Lincoln Laboratory in 2003, he developed the analysis framework used to support an improvement to the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and initiated modeling and algorithm development for the next-generation Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS X). These technologies are also being applied to evaluate collision risk and sense-and-avoid system requirements for unmanned aircraft. In 2009, Dr. Kuchar moved to the Air Traffic Control Systems Group, where he has been managing technology development for airport, terminal area, and en route decision-support systems. Most recently, he has been leading the application of machine learning technologies for weather and traffic flow management.

Dr. Kuchar holds SB (1990), SM (1991), and PhD (1995) degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, where he also served on the faculty between 1995 and 2003. His work at MIT included research and teaching in the areas of humans and automation, decision-aiding and alerting systems, and flight simulation. His earlier research informed the development of the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and defined statistical techniques for optimizing the design of conflict detection and resolution systems. A private pilot, he has authored more than 65 journal and refereed conference papers.

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