MOTO first validation experiment has been successfully concluded

MOTO validation study has been carried out during September and October 2017 in the Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (SCN) facilities in Rome. The general aim of this activity was to understand how different sensory inputs impact Air Traffic Controller’s performance in remote tower operations.

Fifteen professional Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) were involved in this study. The validation study was performed in a virtual reality environment using the HTC Vive Head Mounted Display platform. The participants were asked to manage different realistic Tower Air Traffic Control operational scenarios with different difficulty levels and sensory modalities conditions (i.e., i) only visual; ii) visual and auditory; iii) visual and haptic; iv) visual, auditory and haptic).
To answer the question of how the sensory input correlates with the Control Tower ATCO performance, the following human performance concepts were measured: cognitive workload, situation awareness, sense of presence and immersion. Human performance was measured using a combination of neurophysiological signals recording (electroencephalogram, electrocardiogram, galvanic skin response and electrooculogram), subjective measurements (standardized questionnaires) and Subject Matter Expert judgement.

The outcome of this activity will help in the definition of better user requirements for a multimodal Remote Tower and in the definition of innovative technologies that can support ATCOs in better performing their work in a safer operational environment.
The data analysis process has already been started and the results are expected at the end of November.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank SESAR Joint Undertaking, all MOTO partners, the ATM experts involved and all the participants that made this study possible!

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