Enhancing Coordination and Collaboration in Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Crews
Final rept. 1 Jun 2003-31 May 2006
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV FARGO DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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This research tests the efficacy of instructions to increase collaboration and coordination among crew members of a UAV ground-control station. The performance of this research depended upon the development of a UAV synthetic task environment BRUTE which was accomplished by upgrading a research tool developed by AFRL. This effort resulted in development of a theoretical perspective of coordination and collaboration in teams as well as a general framework for understanding team interaction and performance in dynamic task environments. The research found limited effectiveness of coordination and collaboration instructions on synthetic crew performance or member situation awareness. The research for that spatial orientation predicted performance of the AVO and SO functions in a UAV, while no effect of personality factors was uncovered. This research effort also led to a conceptual advance in the prediction of unitary team performance from member individual difference scores. A novel finding from this research was that both independent and interdependent self-construal increased as a function of engaging in a series of missions as members of UAV operator teams.
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