Soldier Cognitive Processes: Supporting Teleoperated Ground Vehicle Operations
Final rept. Dec 2011-Feb 2013
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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Although small ground robotic vehicles provide great promise and benefit to units, there are challenges to overcome if the maximum benefit is to be gained from the introduction of these systems. The robots offer a host of capabilities. However, a person must know how to operate the system procedurally e.g., use the hand controller buttons, know the menu options and tactically e.g., understand what the system can and cannot do. Learning how to operate and employ the ground robotic vehicle imposes a cognitive load on top of other military skills, perceptual decision-making skills, and communication skills that need to be utilized while operating the system. Therefore, trainers and leaders must understand what loads are placed on operators. The major issue is to understand how cognitive load impacts operators performance. Finally, training materials and approaches for operators, especially when the operators have diverse backgrounds and skills, must be designed and developed so operators can effectively and efficiently take advantage of the capabilities offered by the small ground robotic vehicles.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles
- Military Forces and Organizations