Developing Human-Machine Interfaces to Support Monitoring of UAV Automation: Final Contract Report

Développer les Interfaces Homme-Machine pour Soutenir l’Automatisation des Véhicules Aériens sans Pilote: Rapport Contrat Final


  1. Jamieson, G.A.
  2. Wang, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Toronto Univ, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This article presents an experimental plan for the evaluation of theory-driven human-automation interface concepts in the domain of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The experiment is motivated by the evolution of UAV technology towards more highly automated systems and the relegation of human operators to the role of supervisory controller. Humans have consistently demonstrated themselves to be ill-suited for this role; thus, we anticipate that future UAV systems will be susceptible to human-automation breakdowns leading to mission failures. In an attempt to head off such failures, human factors researchers are exploring the role of human trust in automation as a means of managing the uncertainty inherent in mixed-initiative systems. A recent comprehensive review of the trust literature yields design guidelines for engendering appropriate levels of trust in automation. We followed these guidelines to produce example interface artifacts that show information about the automation process (i.e., the automation algorithm) and relevant context information that affects the automation’s behaviour. We propose an outline for a simulator study to evaluate these interface concepts with human operators. The study casts UAV operators opposite sensor fusion automation that identifies targets based on analysis of multiple sensor images. The task of the joint human-automation system is to correctly identify friendly and hostile military targets in a scene. The UAV operators will be assigne

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Unmanned;Unmanned aerial vehicle;UAV
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2006-251 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2006
Number of Pages
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