Project: DCIEM 95 — Application of Ecological Interface Design to Aviation

Partner: Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM)
Dates: January 1995 - August 1996
Participants: Vicente, K. J., Dinadis N.
Description: A number of researchers have observed that glass cockpit displays tend to be opaque, and that this makes it difficult for the flight crew to develop accurate and comprehensive mental models of system functioning, thereby leading to errors in abnormal situations. However, few researchers have suggested how to create better functional visualizations of system behavior, and even fewer have provided examples of what such advanced displays might look like. This research describes how the principles of ecological interface design (EID), a framework developed in the context of process control, can be applied in aviation to design engineering systems status displays. A prototype EID interface for the fuel and engines of a Lockheed Hercules C-130 Model E-H aircraft was constructed using the VAPS prototyping tool. This study shows, for the first time, that EID can be meaningfully applied to aviation.
Publications:

View PDF Dinadis, N., & Vicente, K.J. (1996). Application of ecological interface design to aviation. (CEL 96-07). University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Beevis, D., Vicente, K. J., & Dinadis, N., "An exploratory application of ecological interface design to aircraft systems," Proceedings of the NATO RTO Symposium on Collaborative Crew Performance in Complex Operational Systems, pp. 2-1 - 2-9, 1998.

View PDF Dinadis, N., and Vicente, K. J., "Designing functional visualizations for aircraft system status displays," International Journal of Aviation Psychology, vol. 9, pp. 241-269, 1999.

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