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Baseline and Multimodal UAV GCS Interface Design

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2010,01 Mar 2011

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University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada

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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.

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