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Ice-Crean: A Visual Indication Tool in Air Traffic Control Tower Operations

Manske, Peer (2015) Ice-Crean: A Visual Indication Tool in Air Traffic Control Tower Operations. HFES Europe Chapter Annual Meeting, 14.-16. Okt. 2015, Groningen, Niederlande.

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The main task of an air traffic controller is to assure safety in aviation. For safe decisions the controller must keep a sufficient picture of the current situation by scanning all relevant information visually. Ice-crean was developed from prior studies as a tool to observe controllers’ scanning behaviour and indicate unattended information sources. A total of eight air traffic controllers participated in a high fidelity simulation study in which the controller coordinated IFR-traffic at a regional airport. The eye movements were continuously measured. During take-off and landing clearances the ice-crean logic analysed the controller’s scanning behaviour in real time and compared it with the predicted gazes due to database. As a result the ice-crean tool recognised which information had not been observed and responded accordingly by visual indication. Comprehensibility respecting the indication and the acceptance towards the ice-crean concept were interrogated. The tool’s indications were mostly perceived to be correct and comprehensible. The tool was evaluated positively and rated reasonable in tower operations as well as possibly helpful also in other application areas with minor restrictions. The study offers implications for actual implementation of ice-crean in airport towers and further areas. Assets and drawbacks of the tool are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96763/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Ice-Crean: A Visual Indication Tool in Air Traffic Control Tower Operations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Manske, PeerPeer.Manske (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2015
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Air Traffic Control; Eye-Tracking; Visual Attention
Event Title:HFES Europe Chapter Annual Meeting
Event Location:Groningen, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:14.-16. Okt. 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:air traffic management and operations
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), L - Air Transport Concepts and Operation (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Guidance > ATM-Simulation
Deposited By: Manske, Peer
Deposited On:26 Jun 2015 17:17
Last Modified:26 Nov 2015 14:33

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