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Ground-to-ground automatic target detection and tracking system: human factors performance evaluation (phase IV)
Author(s): Mike Greenley; Holger Lange; Jeremy Brooks
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Paper Abstract

Fire Control and Surveillance in the ground-to-ground environment has traditionally relied on the operator for the detection and tracking of targets. Significant performance improvements can be realized with the introduce of a ground- to-ground ATDT system. Computing Devices Canada (CDC) is developing an ATDT system to provide a high performance, cost effective solution for ground-to-ground applications. The development of the ATDT system is being carried out in 5 phases. The objective of Phase I was to select and develop the Image Processing algorithms. Phase II implemented a new generation of image processing algorithms in the form of a prototype syste. Phase III developed the ATDT system applying proper object oriented software design. In Phase IV the core ATDT system has been integrated into a full motion Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV) simulator, a high fidelity simulation facility used for design and development. A critical component of Phase IV is the evaluation of the core ATDT system with the human-in-the-loop. This paper describes the method and result of the human performance evaluation of the core ATDT system. These evaluations have been conducted with the ATDT system integrated with an advanced Fire Control System and a Defensive Aids Suite in the high fidelity AFV simulation using both Visual and Thermal sights. Extensive human performance trials with active military tank crews have been carried out to measure the impact of the ATDT system on mission and task performance, and usability. Special focus has been put on measuring the impact of ATDT on AFV crew target detection and engagement performance when integrated with future vehicle systems. The performance evaluation also provided input on how the development of the ATDT system can continue to be enhanced and better integrated with other vehicle systems to optimize engagement performance and vehicle survivability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352874
Show Author Affiliations
Mike Greenley, Humansystems Inc. (Canada)
Holger Lange, Computing Devices Canada (Canada)
Jeremy Brooks, Humansystems Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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