Accession Number : ADA309623

Title :   Operator Performance in Multi Maritime Unmanned Air Vehicle Control.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : HOOFDGROEP MAATSCHAPPELIJKE TECHNOLOGIE TNO DELFT (NETHERLANDS)

Personal Author(s) : Van Breda, L.

PDF Url : ADA309623

Report Date : 14 DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Under contract by the Royal Netherlands Navy, an exploratory study was conducted concerning the man-machine interface and task characteristics for controlling Maritime Unmanned Air Vehicles (MUAVs). This report describes a simulator experiment investigating how effective operators can track a moving target in a multi MUAV supervisory control task, under different verbal/cognitive workload conditions. Results of the experiment show that moderate and even high workload conditions did not affect the mean target coverage of the sensor image. This was about 100% at image update frequencies of 4 Hz and more, decreasing to about 60% at 1 Hz update frequency. This may be explained by the fact that, in the latter case, the tracking task became more discontinuous, which demanded more attention for anticipation. Since the subjects were instructed to give primary attention to the verbal/cognitive task, this extra attention was not fully available, in particular not during high workload conditions. This resulted in an increase of the mean viewing (tracking) error. It is suggested to focus further research on ways to improve operator performance and awareness at low image update rates, for instance by integrating synthetic information on orientation and MUAV status into the sensor image ('synthetic image augmentation').

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, *OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, SIMULATORS, CONTROL, DETECTORS, HIGH RATE, NETHERLANDS, INTERFACES, NAVY, COGNITION, MOVING TARGETS, TRACKING, TARGETS, IMAGES, WORK, MEAN, WORKLOAD, AWARENESS, SUPERVISION, VERBAL BEHAVIOR.

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE