VICTORIA Class Submarine Human-in-the-Loop Experimentation Plan


  1. Hunter, A.
  2. Hazen, M.
  3. Randall, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Atlantic Research Centre, Halifax NS (CAN)
The DRDC Atlantic Research Centre has designed an Integrated Information Display (IID) to aid the warfighting capabilities of the Commanding Officer (CO) and Watch Leader (WL) aboard the Canadian Forces (CF) VICTORIA Class Submarines (VCS). Having completed a usability assessment on the IID, the next step was to assess the impact of the IID on warfighting capabilities during human-in-the-loop (HIL) experimentation. It was hypothesized that the IID would increase warfighting capabilities and facilitate accurate and timely decision making while on watch. HIL experimentation took place in the VICTORIA Class Experimentation Laboratory (VCEL) which is a built-to-scale mock-up of the VCS operations room (ops room). The VCEL facility emulates an actual VCS ops room with real consoles, chairs, lighting, computer displays, layout constraints, and periscopes. During experimentation, the simulation environment, including sonar, Target Motion Analysis (TMA), helm, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), fire control and periscope displays were emulated by the serious game Dangerous Waters (DW). DW was used for scenario generation and it was used to feed simulated data to each of the displays, including the Flash-based IID which was developed at DRDC. Scenarios for the HIL experiment, developed by subject matter experts (SMEs), required the CO/WL to position the submarine in an optimal location to build the Recognized Maritime Picture (RMP) and identify contacts of interest (COIs). Considerabl
HIL experimentation;experimental design;submarine;communication
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-P21 — External Literature
Date of publication
15 Jul 2014
Number of Pages
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