Accession Number:

ADA503801

Title:

Collaborator Support: Identification of Fundamental Visual, Auditory, and Cognitive Requirements for Command and Control Environments

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 2006-Apr 2009

Corporate Author:

DAYTON UNIV OH HUMAN FACTORS GROUP

Report Date:

2009-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

This effort involved two specific Targeted Investigations exploring the use of large-screen displays paired with desktop displays, typical in AOCs and other C2 environments. Specifically, two research areas were outlined 1 the use of prompting to direct the operators attention to either the large-screen display or the small-screen display and, 2 communication formats which could be used by an operator to collaborate with a second operator. The first research area evaluated the performance of participants in a Command and Control C2 environment using auditory and visual stimuli as prompting cues to switch attention between a small screen and large screen display. Ten participants completed eight monitoring task sessions consisting of four different conditions no cueing, auditory cueing, visual cueing, and combined auditory and visual cueing. Prompting, in any form, improved response times as compared to no prompt. No differences were found among prompt type. The second research area focused on three communication mediums which could be implemented in the C2 setting spoken word, handwritten, and chat. Participants monitored a large display depicting the flights of three UAVs, while simultaneously tracking, on a separate smaller screen, the status of critical performance parameters of the UAVs. Results indicate a time and accuracy advantage for spoken word, with readback providing a speed-accuracy tradeoff. Participant preference was evenly divided in terms of communication technique and presence of readback.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Systems
  • Cybernetics
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE