Project: DRDC 05 — Developing Human-Machine Interfaces to Support Monitoring of UAV Automation

Partner: Defence Research and Development Canada
Dates: October 2005 - March 2006
Participants: Jamieson, G., Wang, L.
Description: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly becoming an integral part of contemporary military operations. In light of advanced technologies in UAV flight and payload systems, the role of UAV operators is evolving from an active system controller into a passive system monitor. However, human operators are known to be ill-suited for monitoring tasks due to their inappropriate trust in automated systems. Previous research suggests that two types of information are essential in generating appropriate trust in automation: information of automation process and information related to contexts in which systems are used.
The goal of this research was to create innovative cognitive artifacts that could communicate the aforementioned information to UAV operators for the purpose of engendering appropriate trust in automation on UAVs. The work items included: analyzing the changing tasks of UAV crews; categorizing the emerging automation technologies in UAV systems; reviewing UAV human-automation research; introducing two human-machine interface concepts for selected types of UAV automation; and proposing a research plan for testing and evaluating these design concepts.
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