Accession Number:

ADA350657

Title:

Calculating A Helicopter Pilot's Instrument Scan Pattern from Discrete, 60-Hz Measures of the Line-of-Sight: The Evaluation of an Algorithm

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB PENSACOLA FL

Report Date:

1998-06-17

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

In order obtain data to develop and evaluate theories relating instrument scanning to flight performance we recorded the line of sight LOS of student naval helicopter pilots as they flew prescribed maneuvers in a motion-based, high fidelity, instrument training simulator. These LOS data were discrete, 60 Hz samples of eye pointing. For some types of analysis it is helpful to think of a scan pattern as a sequence of fixations and to use an averaging algorithm to transform the 60 Hz data into such a sequence, a scan path. An appropriate algorithm was identified, developed and evaluated. As part of this evaluation, we developed a String Similarity measure, SS, a measure of the similarity between two scan paths. The evaluation of the algorithm, consisting of observing the algorithms output as a function of the algorithms parameter values, showed that the algorithm behaved in a sensible fashion, logically consistent with the input data. This increased our confidence in our implementation of the fixation algorithm. The SS metric proved to be an informative, useful tool that may have addition uses in the analysis scanning behavior and flight performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE