System delay in flight simulators impairs performance and increases physiological workload

Nina Flad, Frank M. Nieuwenhuizen, Heinrich Bulthoff, Lewis L. Chuang

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Abstract

Delays between user input and the system's reaction in control tasks have been shown to have a detrimental effect on performance. This is often accompanied by increases in self-reported workload. In the current work, we sought to identify physiological measures that correlate with pilot workload in a conceptual aerial vehicle that suffered from varying time delays between control input and vehicle response. For this purpose, we measured the skin conductance and heart rate variability of 8 participants during flight maneuvers in a fixed-base simulator. Participants were instructed to land a vehicle while compensating for roll disturbances under different conditions of system delay. We found that control error and the self-reported workload increased with increasing time delay. Skin conductance and input behavior also reflect corresponding changes. Our results show that physiological measures are sufficiently robust for evaluating the adverse influence of system delays in a conceptual vehicle model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages3-11
Number of pages9
Volume8532 LNAI
ISBN (Print)9783319075143
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event11th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2014, Held as Part of 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2014 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 2014 Jun 222014 Jun 27

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8532 LNAI
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other11th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2014, Held as Part of 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2014
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion, Crete
Period14/6/2214/6/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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    Flad, N., Nieuwenhuizen, F. M., Bulthoff, H., & Chuang, L. L. (2014). System delay in flight simulators impairs performance and increases physiological workload. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 8532 LNAI, pp. 3-11). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8532 LNAI). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07515-0_1