The project is divided in two major steps, corresponding to year 1 and year 2. The first year aims to reproduce a realistic tower on a remote tower platform via multimodal technologies (WP1 and 2), the second year will exploit the possibilities offered by these technologies to enhance human performance, for instance by augmenting perception (WP3).
To advance the state of the art in this particular area, the project will also integrate sensors for body posture monitoring, with the end goal of fusing EEG data with body posture data to derive a low cost, low intrusiveness index for fatigue and performance decrease.


WP1 Baseline and gap analysis

This WP will record multimodal information in real tower settings. These recordings will be used to perform a gap analysis on current remote tower platforms and to identify the scenarios of embodied cognition in tower operations and the requirements for realistic multimodal remote tower platforms.

WP2 Reproducing embodiment and real world perceptions

This WP will prototype a set of technological solutions to reproduce a realistic tower on a remote tower platform. The end goal is to bridge the gap between current systems and what controllers experience in reality. Two settings will be used: a 3D virtual cave, as a research facility for rigorous experimental design and data collection; a remote tower platform, where selected technological solutions will be integrated to assess their realism in an operational setting.

WP3 The augmented remote tower

This WP will exploit embodiment and sensory integration to redesign the current tower control activity. Rather than simply reproducing reality (the goal of WP2), this WP will exploit the technological possibilities to enhance human performance, for instance by relying on proprioception for expert naturalistic decision-making or smooth attentional selection. The multimodal solutions will be implemented in two settings: a 3D virtual cave, as a prototyping environment and a remote tower platform to assess the fitness-for-purpose of the technological solutions in an operational setting.

WP4 Validation

This WP will support the work of the technical WPs by planning and running various validation activities, with the goal of assessing whether the project is proceeding in the right direction.
It will be structured in two different moments: the first one to deliver feedback on the fit-for-purpose of the solutions being developed; the second one to gather evidence of the operational benefits of the augmented remote tower.
This WP will use the knowledge of brain-physiological measurements that the consortium has acquired in the SESAR WPE NINA project to monitor in real time the following human performance aspects: workload, development of expertise, level of cognitive control.

WP5 Dissemination and exploitation

This WP will communicate, disseminate and exploit the MOTO activities and results, targeting the main stakeholders, i.e. SESAR research projects on remote tower, the HALA! Network of Automation, industries, the aviation and ATM R&D community. Dissemination will take place through participation to ATM conferences and workshops such as SID, USA/Europe ATM R&D seminar, and to other scientific events, publications, and through the preparation of promotional material (e.g. leaflet, brochure, dedicated press releases) and of the project website.