Integrated System for the Future Air Traffic Management Work Place and Human Factors Evaluations of Conflict Resolution Aid in Future Air Traffic Control

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Chen Chun-Hsien





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Last Update: Jan 2015


This project proposes the development and evaluation of a future work place for air traffic controllers (ATCOs). The proposed work place integrates layers of interaction between the user, and several active and passive displays as well as other touch and tactile user interfaces. Further, the project aims to provide a visual decision support by integrating data obtained from various information sources and turning it into appropriate visualisations. The software to be developed comprises a conflict resolution aid to support ATCOs in critical situations. This future work place and the visual decision support software are continually refined during the project based on the feedback obtained from ATCOs and user studies. During the user studies, the trust, dependence, workload, performance and situation awareness of ATCOs are investigated in controlled setups. Among other parameters, bio-signals such as electroencephalography (EEG) obtained from brain computer interfaces are recorded to provide reliable measures for all the studies.

The figure below shows a framework of the proposed future ATM work place. The work place will be an integrated physical work place that consists of several active and passive displays as well as tactile human machine interfaces (HMIs).


  1. Trapsilawati, F., Xingda Qu, C.D. Wickens and C.-H. Chen. (2014). “Human factors assessment of conflict resolution aid reliability and time pressure in future air traffic control,” Ergonomics. (in press)