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Steps towards an Augmented Reality workspace for Air Traffic Controllers

Hofmann, Thomas and König, Christina and Röbig, Andreas (2015):
Steps towards an Augmented Reality workspace for Air Traffic Controllers.
In: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA, Melbourne (Australien), 09.-14.08.2015, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

Increasing complexity and dynamics as well as capacity constraints in aviation are key-challenges for future air traffic control (ATC) (Manning & Stone, 2005). A technical support to the automation should ensure safety, punctuality and efficiency in air traffic. The design of appropriate human-machine-interfaces (HMI) requires knowledge of the respective jobs, environmental conditions and the characteristics, needs and usage patterns of users. An inappropriate design can increase users’ stress and reduce safety of the entire work system (Köper, 2001). Superfluous information must be avoided as well as missing - since both lead to increased cognitive workload and distraction from the task at hand. This applies even more for the work of the tower controller (Hilburn, 2004). Visual attention to assistive technology means less attention to the external view and the risk that relevant information or changes are missed. Adding information in the air traffic controller’s field of view (Augmented Reality), e. g. aircraft data or runway closures, would lower this risk, reduce head-down times and the cognitive workload. For decades, therefore, several augmented reality approaches have been used to enrich the external view of the air traffic controller with relevant information. However, this approach holds numerous technical, human and organizational challenges. In our project IMAN (part of the joint project 'iPort' BMBF), we performed a systematic analysis of technical solutions and design options and developed an AR solution for tower controllers to direct traffic safely and efficiently while considering ergonomic and design point of views.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Hofmann, Thomas and König, Christina and Röbig, Andreas
Title: Steps towards an Augmented Reality workspace for Air Traffic Controllers
Language: English
Abstract:

Increasing complexity and dynamics as well as capacity constraints in aviation are key-challenges for future air traffic control (ATC) (Manning & Stone, 2005). A technical support to the automation should ensure safety, punctuality and efficiency in air traffic. The design of appropriate human-machine-interfaces (HMI) requires knowledge of the respective jobs, environmental conditions and the characteristics, needs and usage patterns of users. An inappropriate design can increase users’ stress and reduce safety of the entire work system (Köper, 2001). Superfluous information must be avoided as well as missing - since both lead to increased cognitive workload and distraction from the task at hand. This applies even more for the work of the tower controller (Hilburn, 2004). Visual attention to assistive technology means less attention to the external view and the risk that relevant information or changes are missed. Adding information in the air traffic controller’s field of view (Augmented Reality), e. g. aircraft data or runway closures, would lower this risk, reduce head-down times and the cognitive workload. For decades, therefore, several augmented reality approaches have been used to enrich the external view of the air traffic controller with relevant information. However, this approach holds numerous technical, human and organizational challenges. In our project IMAN (part of the joint project 'iPort' BMBF), we performed a systematic analysis of technical solutions and design options and developed an AR solution for tower controllers to direct traffic safely and efficiently while considering ergonomic and design point of views.

Divisions: 16 Department of Mechanical Engineering
16 Department of Mechanical Engineering > Ergonomics (IAD)
Event Title: Proceedings 19th Triennial Congress of the IEA
Event Location: Melbourne (Australien)
Event Dates: 09.-14.08.2015
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 12:18
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