Development of a Test-Bed for Real-Time Monitoring of Pilot Mental Status,
ADVANCED RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CORP COLUMBIA MD
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The real-time determination of pilot mental and physical status is a critical feature of the workload monitoring and Mindware subsystems that have been envisioned for future jet aircraft. Recent laboratory and simulator studies, using retrospective data analyses, have suggested the value of various behavioral and physiological indices for reflecting task performance. The purpose of the present work was to develop software algorithms to derive some of these measures of interest in real-time and to develop a test-bed in which to explore the efficacy of these measures for inferring operationally relevant changes in pilot status. Such a test-bed should prove useful in supporting future studies of dynamic decision-aiding and task partitioning between the pilot and on-board automation.