TU Hamburg


Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is the northernmost technical university in Germany. With currently approximately 7000 students, 74 institutes or research groups and approximately 765 scientific employees (including ~100 professors). TUHH is specialized on education and research in three key areas: „Green Technologies“, „Life Science Technologies“ as well as „Aviation and Maritime Systems“. The TUHH is involved in FlyATM4E with the Institute of Air Transportation Systems (ILT). The Institute of Air Transportation Systems does research on the understanding of system complexities in air transport. The research portfolio comprises of concepts, preliminary designs and the optimization of sub systems such as future aircraft configurations, as well as the simulation and assessment of entire air transportation systems with respect to economic and ecological sustainability. Covering topics such as ATM and flight operations, aircraft design, airline logistics and operations as well as methods for technology assessment, the institute is capable of developing new air transportation concepts and assess their feasibility from different stakeholders’ perspectives. In FlyATM4E, the team of Air Transport Operations and Infrastructures is involved, which is specialized on the modelling and simulation of the global impact of future air transportation technologies and operational concepts.

Key Person

  • Prof. Dr. Volker Gollnick is director of the Institute of Air Transportation Systems and university professor at the Hamburg University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience working in ministerial positions and management functions in the industry. His research focuses on the integration of classical aircraft design methods with aircraft operations and its impact on the environment. His teaching activities include lectures on Air Transportation Systems, Flight Guidance and Aircraft Design. He is author/co-author of more than 80 publications.
  • Dr. Florian Linke is employed at the institute since 2008. He received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Aeronautical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 2007 and obtained a Ph.D. degree in 2016 from Hamburg University of Technology. His current position is team leader of Air Traffic Infrastructures and Processes. He has a background in Air Traffic Management and flight mechanics, guidance and control and focuses on trajectory optimization and new operational concepts to reduce the environmental impact of aviation. In 2013, Mr. Linke was delegated to the NASA Aviations Systems Division at Ames Research Center in the context of ATM collaboration on route optimization with reduced environmental impact.
  • Benjamin Lührs is employed at the Institute of Air Transportation Systems since 2014. Benjamin received his diploma (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in 2014. His research within the group “Air Transport Operations and Infrastructures” focuses on trajectory simulation and their optimization with respect to climate impact and economic aspects. As a student, Benjamin was involved in the DLR-internal projects CATS and WeCare. From 2016 to 2018 he was part of the project team of the EU project ATM4E.