主讲人：海天学者Felix T. S. Chan（陈东燊）教授
海外任职单位：香港理工大学 教授 副院长
讲座主题：Development of a Hangar Shop Utilization Decision Support System for Aircraft Maintenance Providers
Abstract：To aircraft maintenance service provider, the physical space of Hangar Shop is known to be the most critical scarce resources due to the restriction of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Hangar Shop is a kind of warehouse facility for parking aircraft for certain Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) activities. With the steady increment of aircrafts being served in the HKIA, aircraft maintenance service providers are required to provide more maintenance support correspondingly. Thus, aircraft maintenance service providers have been continuously seeking for efficiency improvement in order to service more customers. However, as manually allocating the aircraft parking position inside and outside the Hangar Shop plus the scheduling of the maintenance operations are extremely difficult and complicated, an artificial intelligent Decision Support System (DSS) is urgently required. The problem becomes even more complicated as the increment of aircrafts being serviced nowadays. In this connection, the main objective of this applied research project is to develop a Hangar Shop Utilization Decision Support System for aircraft maintenance service providers to support the daily scheduling and planning of Hangar Shop activities with the aim of space utilization optimization. The proposed DSS will be developed by applying various optimization techniques as the core optimization engine, including Data Mining techniques to capture the knowledge of existing practice, meta-heuristics (Genetic Algorithms) to schedule the aircraft maintenance operations, and to position each aircraft inside and outside the Hanger Shop. Then, the feasibility testing and performance testing will be conducted by a set of scientific numerical experiments and simulation experiments in various hypothetical and practical situations. The whole project is planned to be completed in 2 years. The success of this project can definitely improve the efficiency of aircraft maintenance operations, meanwhile increasing the Hangar Shop utilization. Consequently, the turnover of Hangar Shop can be increased.
Professor Felix Chan received his BSc Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brighton University, UK, and obtained his MSc and PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, UK. Prior to join The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Professor Chan worked in various institutions including University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK; University of South Australia; and The University of Hong Kong. Professor Chan is now working at the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is also the Associate Dean (Research) serving the Faculty of Engineering. His current research interests are Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Operations and Production Management, Distribution Coordination, Systems Modelling and Simulation, AI techniques; Industrial 4.0. To date, he has published 16 book chapters, over 330 refereed international journal papers and 270 peer reviewed international conference papers, h index= 36 under the Web of Science. He is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong.