PhD Candidate needs your help as an experiment volunteer for Unmanned Aircraft Operator's Situational Awareness Research
I am writing to ask for your assistance in advertising my need for experiment test participants to members of your organization. I am performing PhD experimental research to examine the effects of visual interaction methods (static vs. dynamic) on unmanned aircraft operator’s situational awareness. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of introducing dynamic visual eyepoint (i.e., moveable camera) control into an egocentric visual display and determining if use increases SA compared to a static eyepoint (i.e., body-fixed camera), for unmanned aircraft operation. The data gathered from this study shall serve as a principle examination and evaluation of human capability to observe and interact with an unmanned aircraft environment. Therefore, anyone who meets the following criteria can participate, pilots and non-pilots alike:
1. No previous or outside knowledge of test from the administrator/author.
2. Ability to see full color spectrum (no colorblind participants).
3. Ability to use joystick with right hand.
4. Ability to use joystick hat/POV switch with right thumb.
5. Ability to move head 45 degrees up/down/left/right from center.
6. Basic joystick usage/knowledge/experience.
7. Participant age range between 18 to 34.
The experiment takes about 30 minutes to complete and will be performed weekends at the Rockwell Collins Simulation and Training Solutions (STS) office in Research Parkway Orlando or on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach campus. To date, I have tested 55 participants using a custom developed simulation, but still require an additional 95 in order to obtain a sufficient sample size. I would appreciate any assistance you could provide in sending my request out to students/members of your organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email.
Brent A. Terwilliger
PhD Candidate, Northcentral University Business Administration Program
BS ('00, MS ('05), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
For additional information on this Research Study, click on the attached PPT presentation.