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Scalable interfaces for mounted and dismounted unmanned systems control
Author(s): Terrance M. Tierney; Christopher Mocnik; William J. Protzman
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Paper Abstract

The next generation Soldier will be required to provide control for both ground and air unmanned systems in support of future combat operations. Unmanned systems show a great deal of promise in that they will increase Soldier safety and enhance situational awareness, but based on their current state of autonomy, will require high levels of interaction from the operator. These interactions will range from platform and payload control while mounted within a combat vehicle to dismounted outside or some distance away from the vehicle, and will be performed in addition to his or her primary mission. In order to effectively work together with these systems, he or she must have a consistent interface that provides intuitive control of primary unmanned system functions and does not impose a unique training burden. In addition, the interface must be able to present information to the Soldier independent of display size and environmental conditions, minimize power and weight, and provide the proper control devices necessary to manipulate vehicle functions to include mobility, sensors and weapons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6225, Defense, Security, Cockpit, and Future Displays II, 62250Q (22 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665931
Show Author Affiliations
Terrance M. Tierney, U.S. Army RDECOM-TARDEC (United States)
Christopher Mocnik, U.S. Army RDECOM-TARDEC (United States)
William J. Protzman, DCS Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6225:
Defense, Security, Cockpit, and Future Displays II
Eric W. Forsythe; James C. Byrd; Henry J. Girolamo; Daniel D. Desjardins, Editor(s)

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