Through the Center of Excellence (CoE) KDC builds its cooperation with its research partners; universities and colleges. A collaboration has been established with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA)Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and recently the Wageningen University & Research. These organizations are collaborating closely with KDC ,developing applied research to strategical issues of each partner. Master & Bachelor students get the chance to develop their thesis in close collaboration with industry partners, and to contribute to the efficiency and sustainability of Schiphol mainport. However, KDC is eager to bring students of other universities on board as well.

Master thesis students are assisted by Ferdinand Dijkstra: A passionate expert in the areas of air traffic management (ATM) automation and data analysis. Ferdinand uses his network and skills to connect students to the right people and required data sources.  Collaborations with the different faculties from the  TU Delft and WUR  make it possible to address a wide range of diverse topics from the KDC Research agenda. The main areas of research for master thesis students are: ATM, aircraft noise & climate affects, weather forecasting, and Trajectory Based Operations (vacant).

Bachelor students are supervised by Dr. Catya Zuniga, Assistant professor at the HvA Aviation Management department. The HvA Aviation Academy focusses on ‘Capacity Management’ dealing with airside, landside and airspace operations. Capacity management uses a ‘system approach’ to optimise multi-stakeholder processes and make efficient use of the available capacity resources. The aim is to get insights of the capacity performance of the Schiphol mainport operation.

A further outline of the current research program, and what research topics are vacant for future CoE students can be found here. Apart from the Center of Excellence program, other subjects and themes can be brought about by the University and/or departments within the companies comprising the KDC.