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Modeling of pilot's visual behavior for low-level flight
Author(s): Axel Schulte; Reiner Onken
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Paper Abstract

Developers of synthetic vision systems for low-level flight simulators deal with the problem to decide which features to incorporate in order to achieve most realistic training conditions. This paper supports an approach to this problem on the basis of modeling the pilot's visual behavior. This approach is founded upon the basic requirement that the pilot's mechanisms of visual perception should be identical in simulated and real low-level flight. Flight simulator experiments with pilots were conducted for knowledge acquisition. During the experiments video material of a real low-level flight mission containing different situations was displayed to the pilot who was acting under a realistic mission assignment in a laboratory environment. Pilot's eye movements could be measured during the replay. The visual mechanisms were divided into rule based strategies for visual navigation, based on the preflight planning process, as opposed to skill based processes. The paper results in a model of the pilot's planning strategy of a visual fixing routine as part of the navigation task. The model is a knowledge based system based upon the fuzzy evaluation of terrain features in order to determine the landmarks used by pilots. It can be shown that a computer implementation of the model selects those features, which were preferred by trained pilots, too.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2463, Synthetic Vision for Vehicle Guidance and Control, (30 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.212743
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Axel Schulte, Univ. der Bundeswehr Muenchen (Germany)
Reiner Onken, Univ. der Bundeswehr Muenchen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2463:
Synthetic Vision for Vehicle Guidance and Control
Jacques G. Verly, Editor(s)

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