The project will study design elements of future air systems that offer cognitive support for increased team effectiveness. The project will investigate how the design of complex systems can benefit from taking the teamwork perspective.
In teamwork research, models are used to understand how teamwork is pursued and to identify the core factors that are essential for a team to be effective. However, these models are general and in order to be practically useful when for example we are designing interfaces and tools for teams, these models need to be applied to the specific domains in question. This means that the factors need to be interpreted in the environment and circumstances the team is actually working in.
Military fighter pilots and air traffic controllers in focus
Therefore, in this project, two different flight domains where teamwork is an essential and integrated part of the work process will be analysed and compared. The two types of teams that will be investigated are military fighter pilots and air traffic controllers. This project aims at comparing and contrasting the teamwork in the two domains in order to:
- Identify design elements that are likely to offer cognitive support for increased team effectiveness. The design elements will be based on domain knowledge and technical plans for future air systems.
- The design elements will then be mapped to an operationalised design in several prototypes.
- Finally, an advanced simulator will be used to validate the prototypes.
The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) is funding the project with 2.6 million SEK over 2 years within the National Aeronautical Research Program (research grant NFFP7-2019-02780). Aeronautics (Saab AB) provides an equal amount, with a total funding of 5.2 million SEK during 2019–2022.
The project is a continuation of the research conducted in the previous projects Human-machine interaction for distributed decision-making (2013–2018) and Information Fusion for Decision Support and Human System Interaction in Future Platforms (2009–2013).