Charlotte AIR leads transformative research by partnering with internal and external collaborators to investigate four thematic areas. Research is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and other stakeholders.

Airport Infrastructure

  • Sustainable materials, green buildings, pavements
  • Resilient infrastructure and land use planning
  • Smart and intelligent transportation, intermodal operations, simulation and modeling

Tech Readiness

  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Sensors, monitoring and screening
  • Security

Data-Driven Decision-Making

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) – machine learning / deep learning
  • Passenger service quality
  • Airline operations

Economic and Social Impact

  • Regional and national economy
  • Regional and local connectivity
  • Governance structure
  • Community engagement
  • Education and workforce development
  • K-12 STEM education