Baseline and Multimodal UAV GCS Interface Design – Progress Report September, 2010 - March, 2011


  1. Giang, W.
  2. Masnavi, E.
  3. Rizvi, S.
  4. Morita, P.
  5. Burns, C.
  6. Arrabito, G.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Waterloo Univ, Waterloo Ont (CAN) Advanced Interface Design Laboratory
To improve operational effectiveness for the Canadian Forces (CF), the Joint Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Surveillance Target Acquisition System (JUSTAS) project is acquiring a medium altitude, long-endurance (MALE) uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV). In support of the JUSTAS project, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Toronto carried out a literature review on relevant auditory and tactile displays in UAV simulation environments for the ground control station (GCS) interface in an effort to identify techniques to overcome human factors issues in the supervisory control of UAVs. This literature review was used to generate a number of different design proposals for multimodal displays (i.e., the presentation of information in the auditory, tactile, and visual modalities). Two of these displays, an engine RPM sonification and aggregate attitude upset tactile display, were chosen for further development and testing. These two interfaces were implemented in a GCS simulator. A proposal for testing the displays was provided as a starting point for further discussion.
multimodal displays;uninhabited aerial vehicle;interface design
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C128 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2011
Number of Pages
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