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Computer Sciences, *human – machine relations
In efforts to increase safety and reduce peak workload situations in the cockpit, a tool with a different interaction style was developed for use in case of a runway change instructed by Air Traffic Control during approach. In an experiment a workload comparison was made between the new tool and the conventional cockpit. Workload was measured by means of a self-rating after each experiment run, as well as eye blink frequency during each run. Results show that the self-rated workload decreases with the new tool for one of the two crew members and the blink frequency suggests a workload decrease for the other crew member. Considering the fact that the crew used the tool after only a few training runs, and the positive feedback provided by the crews it is concluded that the tool has a positive effect on peak workload.
Bos, T., Zon, R. & Rouwhorst, W. (2017). Reducing peak workload in the cockpit: a human in the loop simulation evaluating new runway selection tool. H-Workload 2017: The first international symposium on human mental workload, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland, June 28-30. doi:10.21427/D7TS6V