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A Design and Interaction Concept for Aircraft with Variable Autonomy: Application of the H-Mode

Goodrich, K. H. and Flemisch, F. O. and Schutte, P. C. and Williams, R. A. (2006) A Design and Interaction Concept for Aircraft with Variable Autonomy: Application of the H-Mode. In: Digital Avionics Systems Conference. 25th Digital Avionics Systems Conference, 2006, Portland (USA). ISBN 1-4244-0377-4.

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Driven by increased safety, efficiency, and airspace capacity, automation is playing an increasing role in aircraft operations. As aircraft become increasingly able to autonomously respond to a range of situations with performance surpassing human operators, we are compelled to look for new methods that help us understand their use and guide their design using new forms of automation and interaction. We propose a novel design metaphor to aid the conceptualization, design, and operation of highly-automated aircraft. Design metaphors transfer meaning from common experiences to less familiar applications or functions. A notable example is the "desktop metaphor" for manipulating files on a computer. This paper describes a metaphor for highly automated vehicles known as the H-metaphor and a specific embodiment of the metaphor known as the H-mode as applied to aircraft. The fundamentals of the H-metaphor are reviewed followed by an overview of an exploratory usability study investigating human-automation interaction issues for a simple H-mode implementation. The envisioned application of the H-mode concept to aircraft is then described as are two planned evaluations.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:A Design and Interaction Concept for Aircraft with Variable Autonomy: Application of the H-Mode
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Goodrich, K. H.NASA Langley
Schutte, P. C.NASA Langley
Williams, R. A.NASA Langley
Journal or Publication Title:Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:H-Mode, design metaphor, highly-automated aircraft, human-automation interaction
Event Title:25th Digital Avionics Systems Conference
Event Location:Portland (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:V SH - Verbesserung der Sicherheit im Verkehr (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):V -- no assignement
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Institute of Transportation Systems > Automotive
Deposited By: Anna Maria Schieben
Deposited On:26 Jul 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:08

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