Design and Evaluation of Intelligent Adaptive Operator Interfaces for the Control of Multiple UAVS

Conception d'Interfaces Opérateur Adaptatives et Intelligentes pour la Commande de Plusieurs Engins Télépilotés


  1. Hou, M.
  2. Kobierski, R.D.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CMC Electronics Inc, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
An issue for multi-Uninhabited Air Vehicle (UAV) control is to manage massive information to support effective decision making. Feedback from the UAV operators indicates that improvements in operator interfaces would reap significant gains in system performance and effectiveness. Various levels of automation have been suggested to address the problem including Intelligent/Adaptive Interfaces (IAIs) for decision support. Augmenting UAV control stations with automation function groups in, IAIs are intended to manage information dynamically and provide the right information to the right people, at the right time, to support effective decision-making. The work reported here is the results of a three-year project conducted by Defence Research and Development Canada that investigated the efficacy of IAIs in a multi-UAV scenario with the IAI modelled as part of the UAV tactical workstations found in a Maritime patrol aircraft. A performance model was developed to compare the difference in mission activities with and without automation as reflected in task conflict frequency and task completion time. A prototype IAI experimental environment has been implemented for a human-in-the-loop empirical investigation. Both simulation and experiment results revealed that the control of multiple UAVs is a cognitively complex task with high workload. With the augmentation of automation agents, IAIs facilitated a significant reduction in workload and an improvement in situation awareness. Thus, o

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operator interface design, intelligent adaptive interface, adaptive interface, i
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2006-114 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
09 Oct 2006
Number of Pages
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