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Designing human-machine interfaces for manned platforms conducting network centric operations.
Author(s): Donald Wilkins
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Paper Abstract

Network Centric Operations (NCO) is placing severe demands on crew members beyond their ability to perform the mission. Links within the Global Information Grid (GIG) provide immense volumes of data from off-platform sensors and information bases that must be transformed into knowledge. This transformation requires extensive processing while displaying information to the operator for rapid assimilation. Demonstrations have shown the operator overload occurs when utilizing the current human-machine interface (HMI) and adding new functions such as those proposed for the new battlespace. In many cases the operator must perform his current duties which severely task the workload while controlling unmanned platforms which may be operating in a different environment than the manned platform operates. The overload precludes increasing situation awareness which is the primary reason for NCO. Managing the flow of data using the current crew station design also reduces heads-up and eye-out operations with an adverse impact on flight safety. A radical change is needed in the design of HMI, making the interfaces more intuitive, to resolve these problems. A target platform has been selected for analysis and demonstration. NCO requirements, both current and projected, for that platform are in analysis. We are evaluating five potential candidates to reduce operator workload in the NCO environment. These are advanced software technologies, large displays, enhanced graphics processing, and voice recognition technology. Combinations of these technologies will be merged in a demonstration which builds upon previous work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5801, Cockpit and Future Displays for Defense and Security, (25 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.598489
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Donald Wilkins, Boeing Phantom Works (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5801:
Cockpit and Future Displays for Defense and Security
Darrel G. Hopper; Eric W. Forsythe; David C. Morton; Charles E. Bradford; Henry J. Girolamo, Editor(s)

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