Operational Analysis and Performance Modeling for the Control of Multiple Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAV) from An Airborne Platform

Analyse Opérationnelle et Modélisation des Performances pour le Contrôle d’UAV/UCAV Multiples à Partir d’une Plate-Forme Aéroportée

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Authors
  1. Hou, M.
  2. Kobierski, R.D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CMC Electronics Inc, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
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. Incorporating automation function groups in UAV control stations, 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. This research 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. The simulation results revealed that IAIs permitted operators to continue working under high time pressure, resulting in critical tasks being achieved in reduced time compared to conventional interfaces.

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Keywords
UAV control;operator interface;software agent;automation agent;performance modeling;human-machine interaction;IPME;HGA;OSD;operator-agent interaction
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-SL-2005-143 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2005
Number of Pages
20
DSTKIM No
CA027830
CANDIS No
525684
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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