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Date: July 29, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: NASA Ames Conference Center (NACC), NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

The Combined Workshop on Single Pilot Operations and Function Allocation will occur one day before the start of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction in Aerospace (HCI-Aero 2014), which will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The HCI-Aero 2014 theme is on automation integration and function allocation. The HCI-Aero conference and this workshop are meant to complement each other and provide a forum for further discussion in the topics of single pilot operations and function allocation..

This workshop is free to attend by any parties who are interested (U.S. citizens must register by June 30, 2014; non-U.S. citizens must register by May 30, 2014).

Single-Pilot Operations Workshop (8am-12pm)

Barbara K. Burian, Ph.D. & Walter Johnson, Ph.D.:  NASA Ames Research Center
Paul Schutte: NASA Langley Research Center

Single pilot operations (SPO) refers to flying a commercial aircraft with only one pilot in the cockpit, assisted by an appropriate combination of advanced onboard automation and ground operators providing piloting support services. There are currently activities investigating SPO at both NASA in the United States and at the Advanced Cockpit for Reduction Of Stress (ACROSS) consortium in Europe. The objective of SPO-related efforts is to develop technologies that will enable operating cost savings while maintaining a level of safety no less than conventional two-pilot commercial operations. In order to accomplish this, several key research issues must be addressed, including:

  • Requirements for automation in cockpit and ground station to help address: (1) Workload, (2) Situation awareness, (3) Incapacitated pilot
  • Crew resource management among air/ground team members
  • Human-automation interaction
  • Datalink requirements
  • Cost/benefit analyses
  • Safety/risk analyses
In this highly interactive 1/2 day workshop, these and many other issues will be explored. The desired products of the workshop are a prioritized listing/description of major research issues, and a plan for research collaboration/partnerships.

Function Allocation for Separation Assurance Workshop (1pm-5pm)

Thomas Prevot & Todd Lauderdale:  NASA Ames Research Center
Timothy Lewis: NASA Langley Research Center

This workshop will explore the issues and ideas for allocating separation assurance functions to meet the future air transportation needs. A separation assurance system primarily performs the functions necessary to ensure that aircraft remain safely separated from other traffic. Such a system is also simultaneously concerned with the avoidance of severe weather, the conformance of flights to a variety of operational constraints, and the overall expeditious flow of traffic from origin to destination. In the current system, air traffic services provide these functions. However even with the current level of operations, this can result in excessive controller workload, limited capacity and, often, inefficient operations. With an expected increase in traffic, these weaknesses can be exacerbated. New automation in the air, on the ground and/or the cloud, and powerful new communication technologies can enable different ways to allocate trajectory management and separation assurance functions.

NASA’s function allocation research is concerned with identifying the strengths and weakness of different allocations of separation assurance functions amongst the wide variety of agents participating in the air traffic operation. This research is expected to help provide a roadmap to ensure that fundamental research is pointed towards an efficient final state. The future system should help handle growing travel in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner. 

The two half-day workshops will be conducted at the NASA Ames Conference Center on July 29th and will be followed by a panel presentation to be held at the HCI-Aero 2014 on July 30 – August 1.
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Last Updated: July 22, 2014