Simulator Technology in Optimising the Human-Automated System Interface
WARSAW UNIV OF TECHNOLOGY POLAND INST OF AERONAUTICS AND APPLIED MECHANICS
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Over time, the increasing complexity of the human-machine environment has required greater and greater abilities in input data analysis, decision making, and system control on the part of the human operator. Time deficits combined with the above requirements gradually brought about the introduction of automated systems to support the human operator in hisher task performance. Complex, hierarchical control systems began to overtake a part of the work typically done by human operators. However, after an initial euphoria, problems appeared. The smooth cooperation between the human operator and the automated system sometimes became ineffective and even problematic. That situation usually happened during unusual situations when standard decisions should have been modified and new action taken. Mishaps and fatalities occurred, showing that a problem existed that needed to be worked out. In these complicated situations, researchers and designers need a tool for replicating the environment of the human operator, with all the factors and stimuli that act on the human in the real situation. That need for replication spurred the creation of simulator technology. This paper describes the flight simulator technology that was used to optimize the cockpits of a new combat helicopter and an F-16 jet fighter. 11 figures, 10 refs.
- Military Aircraft Operations
- Flight Control and Instrumentation
- Computer Programming and Software
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems