Philip J. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is recognized as a leader in research on air traffic flow management, airline operations control, collaborative decision making (CDM) and the design of distributed work systems in the National Airspace System (NAS), as well as in the design of systems for the integrated management of airport surface and airspace constraints. He has extensive expertise in cognitive systems engineering, human factors engineering, artificial intelligence and human-automation interaction, applied to both the design and evaluation of distributed work systems.

His research has included work on NASA and FAA initiatives involving departure and arrival flow management, airspace flow programs, collaborative routing, airport surface management, metroplex design, Trajectory Based Operations and the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the NAS.

His awards include: OSU College of Engineering MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching; FAA/Industry Collaborative Decision Making Program "Orange Award" for Outstanding Service to Air Traffic Flow Management; Air Traffic Control Association David J. Hurley Memorial Award for Research in Collaborative Decision Making; Fellow, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Fellow, International Aviation Psychology Symposium; National Aviation Safety Award - Airline Dispatchers Federation; Best Paper in Human Factors; and Best Paper Award, Air Traffic Control Association Conference.


Teaching: Cognitive systems engineering; Design of distributed work systems; Design-induced error; Artificial intelligence; Human-automation interaction; Models of planningIntelligent information systems; Intelligent tutoring systems

Research: Design of distributed work systems; Verification and validation of complex systems; Human-automation interaction; Visual analytics; Intelligent information systems; Continuous adaptive planning; Interactive critiquing systems; Intelligent tutoring systems


  • Aviation: ATC & air traffic flow management; Airline operations control; Airport surface management; Trajectory Based Operations; Metroplex design; Human/automation interaction; Unmanned aerial systems; Flight deck automationVisual analytics and data mining
  • Education and training: Medicinehigh school biologygeneral aviation
  • Healthcare: Immunohematologyorthopedics
  • Military planning