Accession Number:

AD1024317

Title:

Impact of Task Load and Gaze on Situation Awareness in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Control

Descriptive Note:

Conference Paper

Corporate Author:

Naval Research Laboratory Washington United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-05-07

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

Increasing levels of automation and rising costs of manpower are pushing the DoD towards a supervisory control paradigm for future unmanned aerial vehicle UAV missions. Using the Supervisory Control Operations User Testbed, a group of 20 participants completed two twenty minute supervisory control missions where eye tracking and performance data were collected. Each mission had 3 levels of task load which were manipulated by varying the frequency of events to which the user responded. During each level, the simulation paused and a situation awareness SA probe appeared with all UAVs and targets randomly placed on the map. Participants were tasked to reconstruct the map. Results showed higher load was associated with a significant decrease in SA. Additionally, participants spent significantly less time looking at the map when the task load was high. These results suggest that eye gaze may be a useful predictor of SA within a supervisory control task.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE