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Human-Autonomy Teaming Essential Research Program Project 2: Transparent Multimodal Crew Interface Designs, Technical Note 3: Multimodal Cueing for Transparency in Mobility Operations

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Technical Report,01 Nov 2018,30 Sep 2019

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CCDC Army Research Laboratory Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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This technical note, the third in its series, describes the use of multimodal cueing concepts to improve mission execution. This work is a subcomponent of the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command CCDC Army Research Laboratorys ARLs second project in the Human-Autonomy Teaming Essential Research Program, transparent multimodal crew interface designs, in support of the US Army modernization priority--Next Generation Combat Vehicle NGCV. The goal of this project was to improve crew members understanding of autonomous systems actions, intentions, goals, and general reasoning by at least 25 . To achieve this goal, a team of CCDC Army Research Laboratory scientists and contractor engineers developed iterative improvements to the NGCV Warfighter Machine Interface aimed at addressing multiple stages of the mission, from planning to execution. Interface improvements included a multimodal tactile and auditory cueing system designed to improve crew members local situation awareness while commanding simulated autonomous robotic combat vehicles, a display for evaluating tradeoffs in Multi Domain Operations, and improvements to existing route-planning functionality. These interface improvements were implemented and tested in ARLs Information for Mixed Squads Laboratory, which permits the simulation of up to platoon-level operations. This note describes the scientific background for, and ideation, implementation, and testing of a multimodal cueing system.

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  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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