Campus Units

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Virtual Reality Applications Center, Human Computer Interaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

11-4-2016

Journal or Book Title

The International Journal of Aviation Psychology

Volume

26

Issue

1-2

First Page

15

Last Page

35

DOI

10.1080/10508414.2016.1226834

Abstract

Objective. Human performance risks and benefits of adaptive systems were identified through a systematic analysis and pilot evaluation of adaptive system component types and characteristics. Background. As flight-deck automation is able to process ever more types of information in sophisticated ways to identify situations, it is becoming more realistic for adaptive systems to adapt behavior based on their own authority. Method. A framework was developed to describe the types and characteristics of adaptive system components and was used to perform a risk/benefit analysis to identify potential issues. Subsequently, eight representative adaptive system storyboards were developed for an evaluation with pilots to augment the analysis results and to explore more detailed issues and potential risk mitigations. Results. Analysis identified the principal drivers of adaptive “triggering conditions” risk as complexity and transparency. It also identified the drivers of adaptations risks/benefits as the task level and the level of control vs. information adaptation. Conclusions. Pilots did not seem to distinguish between adaptive automation and normal automation if the rules were simple and obvious; however, their perception of risk increased when the level of complexity and opacity of triggering conditions reached a point where its behavior was perceived as non-deterministic.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from The International Journal of Aviation Psychology 26 (2016): 15, doi: 10.1080/10508414.2016.1226834. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Taylor & Francis

File Format

application/pdf

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