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Monitoring behaviour of tower controllers

Möhlenbrink, Christoph and Friedrich, Maik and Papenfuß, Anne and Jipp, Meike (2011) Monitoring behaviour of tower controllers. In: Human Centred Automation, pp. 269-283. Shaker Publishing. HFES 2010, Berlin. ISBN 978-90-423-0406-2

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Abstract

This paper provides insights on the tower controllers’ information acquisition while working in a high-fidelity tower simulator. Within the DLR (German Aerospace Center) project RAiCE (Remote airport traffic control center) a high-fidelity human-in-the-loop study was conducted to validate a concept for remote control of regional airports. The eye tracking data of 12 controllers were recorded to gather objective indicators of their information acquisition, during controller operations. In contrast to common studies in the domain of air traffic control, reporting dwell times and number of fixations aggregated time, a more detailed data analysis approach for information acquisition is suggested. Moving average time windows (maw) are used to analyse the monitoring behaviour of a controller team in respect to landing and starting aircraft. The data confirm that both controllers’ visual attention on the runway (RWY) is related to the events “touchdown” and “enter RWY”. The data reveal that it is the coordinator, spending more time on the RWY than the tower controller. The peak values of the maw are used to decide if an event was monitored or not. The monitoring behaviour of the controller team is discussed in respect to safety issues. The described methodological approach seems promising for a better understanding of monitoring behaviour of tower controllers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/65892/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Monitoring behaviour of tower controllers
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Möhlenbrink, ChristophChristoph.Moehlenbrink (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Friedrich, MaikUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Papenfuß, AnneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jipp, MeikeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:2011
Journal or Publication Title:Human Centred Automation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 269-283
Editors:
EditorsEmail
de Waard, DickUNSPECIFIED
Gérard, NinaUNSPECIFIED
Onnasch, LindaUNSPECIFIED
Wiczorek, RebeccaUNSPECIFIED
Manzey, DietrichUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Shaker Publishing
ISBN:978-90-423-0406-2
Status:Published
Keywords:tower control, eye-tracking, monitoring,
Event Title:HFES 2010
Event Location:Berlin
Event Type:international Conference
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:ATM and Operation (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors and Safety in Aeronautics (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Control > Systemergonomy
Deposited By: Möhlenbrink, Christoph
Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 11:02
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:29

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