Department of Control and Operations

The mission of the Control and Operations Department (C&O) is to improve the safety and efficiency of operations in aerospace.

Consequently, the action plan for C&O for the comming years is to:

  • increase its productivity related to the primary mission;
  • focus on making quality contributions to the body of knowledge;
  • invest in 2 key critical needs, namely managing the enormous growth of unmanned aerial vehicle operations and in operational emissions impact modelling.


C&O is comprised of two sections that contribute to this mission in a synergistic and complementary way. With Control and Simulation the faculty strives to improve the safety of operations through the development of advanced automatic control systems (including the role of the human operator) while Air Transport and Operations aims to improve the operational performance efficiency by optimising capacity, costs, environmental impact, and safety.

The C&O department was established in its current form in January 2011. With the reorganisation of the faculty, in particular the re-focus of the section on systems engineering and aircraft design, the department has changed considerably. In particular, the department has been strengthened with the expertise on helicopter flight dynamics and handling qualities, aero-acoustics, and the optimisation and safety of air transport.

The C&O department now houses all the aerospace operations expertise of the faculty, strengthening its focus and making it more visible to the outside world, thereby achieving more synergy and further improving the quality of the research and education.

The concentration of all operational knowledge, modeling and tools lies at the basis of the department’s strategy for the future, which is to further improve the faculty’s research and educational programme and how it ties in with national and international developments. The main focal point at a national level will be the challenging task of striking a balance between the demand for growth and air transport capacity on the one hand and environmental and safety constraints, for example at Schiphol airport, on the other. Internationally, C&O has aligned the efforts in this area with the SESAR and NextGen programmes that aim to develop novel Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems that integrate airlines, airport and air traffic control providers. However, other strategic developments of the future such as understanding and controlling emissions, or managing the enormous growth of unmanned aerial vehicle operations (a prime example of the ever-increasing miniaturisation within aerospace), will be important topics for the department as well.

Head of department: M. Mulder


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