Assessing Novel Adaptive Displays Impact on Pilot Performance

Guarino1, S., Liu2, D., Roth3, E., Bartosiewicz2, M., Harper1, K. and Vincenzi, D.4

International Symposium of Aviation Psychology (2009)

Combat aircraft advances have led to dramatic increase in the operational tempo facing the Navy pilot, increasing the likelihood for Situation Awareness (SA) failures, biases, and information overload. We designed a system for constructing intelligent adaptive displays to address these issues, and, within it, designed and evaluated two interfaces targeted at problem areas for pilots: (1) a Weapons Employment Zone (WEZ) Display designed to support awareness of combat geometry; and (2) an Adaptive Border Display designed to warn pilots of impending border infractions breaking Rules of Engagement. We tested the ability of these displays to improve SA, reduce workload, and improve objective performance in a population of licensed civilian pilots. The WEZ Display significantly improved both performance and SA and reduced workload, while the Adaptive Border Display made no significant improvements. We recommend using the WEZ Display to assist novice pilots in rapidly understanding the combat geometry issues.

1 Charles River Analytics
2 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3 Roth Cognitive Engineering
4 Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division

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