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Workload, stress, and situation awareness of soldiers who are controlling unmanned vehicles in future urban operations [electronic resource] / Bruce S. Sterling and Chuck H. Perala
Bib ID 4765535
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Author
Sterling, Bruce S
 
Online Access
Access Conditions APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE. 
Description Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD : Army Research Laboratory, [2007] 
1 online resource (vi, 26 p.) : ill. (some col.) 
Series

ARL-TR (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) ; 4078.

Summary

This research describes the workload, stress, and situation awareness of operators of robotic reconnaissance platforms who are conducting future full spectrum operations in an urban setting. The participants controlled unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and unmanned ground sensors in a virtual reality simulation as part of a combined arms battalion using Future Combat Systems. Results suggested that robotic controllers supporting infantry units had higher workloads and stress than controllers supporting non-line-of-sight cannon units, mounted combat system units, or reconnaissance units, perhaps because infantry units are more vulnerable and require closer surveillance. Also, individuals controlling all three sensor types had higher workloads and stress than those controlling other combinations of assets. Human factors recommendations for the interface included an ability to automatically track a target, switch to teleoperation to make slight adjustments, an auto-scan function on the sensor, and the ability for the platform to automatically plot a route to a grid location. Some potential limitations of this study include the fact that the workload may have been affected by other factors such as experience or training; the robotic platforms may have been operated simultaneously or sequentially; and the interface used in this study may or may not mirror the (to be determined) future interfaces.

Notes

Title from title screen (viewed Dec. 4, 2009).

"April 2007."

The original document contains color images.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 15).

Final; Sept. 2006 through Feb. 2007.

7MB25R

Subjects United States. Army -- Personnel management.  |  Human engineering.  |  Vehicles, Remotely piloted.  |  Weapons systems.  |  Personnel Management and Labor Relations.  |  Stress Physiology.  |  Army personnel.  |  Situational awareness.  |  Simulation.  |  Infantry.  |  Unmanned.  |  Virtual reality.  |  Teleoperators.  |  Urban areas.  |  Reconnaissance.  |  Ground vehicles.  |  Human factors engineering.  |  Weapon systems.
Other authors/contributors Sterling, Bruce S  |  Perala, Chuck H  |  U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Govt. Doc. Number D 101.133:4071 

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