The study will develop and solve a mathematical model for the shuttle service network design with autonomous vehicles within an airport. A time-space service network with airport shuttles and time-space networks for passenger flows are developed. The service network design problem is formulated as a mixed integer linear programming model. The objective is to minimise the waiting and ride time of passengers, as well as the operating cost of running the autonomous shuttles. The results of this study include a modelling framework for shuttle service network design within an airport, a solution algorithm for the developed service network design model, a case study of the Sydney airport under different demand scenarios. Based on the case study, a number of managerial insights are generated.
Dr Tay Koo