Modeling the Saturation Level of a Human Radar Operator
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The United States Air Force is building a mathematical model of the air battle and needs, as an input, a model of the saturation level of the groundbased enemy radar operator. Saturation level can be loosely defined as the number of targets that the human operator can effectively manage. The concept of an ideal operator is introduced to allow the precise definition of saturation level. An ideal operator is defined as an operator who can perform a certain amount of work per unit time perfectly. The amount of work that the ideal operator can perform is termed the operators saturation level. The human operator is then modeled as an ideal operator who makes random errors. The human operators saturation level is then estimated from a series of measurements as a function of the humans maximum time-between-errors. An experiment which was conducted to measure saturation level is described in detail and the results are presented. The resulting data are then analyzed using the Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Likelihood Ratio tests.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems