Hamsa Balakrishnan
Associate Professor
Aeronautics and Astronautics

33-326, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139


My research is in the design, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of practical algorithms for air transportation systems to help transform the system and make better decisions in the face of increasing traffic. This research is important because of the high costs of delays and pollution today, as well as the projected doubling in air traffic over the next fifteen years. The introduction of autonomous aircraft into the airspace system will also present new challenges in air traffic management.

A high-level description of some of my research interests appeared in the 2007–2008 issue of Aero-Astro, the annual report/magazine of the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. My research has been supported by the NSF, FAA and NASA.

My research in developing algorithms for air transportation systems spans four broad topics:

Other topics