Attention allocation efficiency in human-UV teams


Conference Paper

Human operators in unmanned vehicle systems must divide their attention between multiple tasks. This is particularly true of systems that contain multiple unmanned vehicles. In such systems, long-term research goals include determining (a) what dictates how humans allocate their attention, (b) where humans should focus their attention, (c) what can system designers do, via decision support systems, etc., to direct their attention to the "right" places, and (d) how do we measure the efficiency of human attention allocation. As a step toward finding answers to these questions, we conducted a user study in which a single human controlled multiple simulated unmanned vehicles. In this paper, we discuss some of the lessons we learned from this user study with respect to human attention allocation. These conclusions are made by using metrics derived from users' selection strategies and switching times.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crandall, JW; Cummings, ML

Published Date

  • November 5, 2007

Published In

  • Collection of Technical Papers 2007 Aiaa Infotech at Aerospace Conference

Volume / Issue

  • 1 /

Start / End Page

  • 32 - 40

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1563478935

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781563478932

Citation Source

  • Scopus