Remotely Piloted Aircraft: A Human Factors Investigation into Human Performance Limitations

Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) technology is rapidly evolving. We are using currently available technology to determine the most appropriate methods to control RPAs in potential situations such as medical emergencies, search and rescue, humanitarian aid and post-disaster events. It is hoped by understanding the limitations of human performance, new and safer human-centred autonomous systems can be developed. The aim of this study is to investigate how real time auditory feedback from an RPA, under low and high levels of workload influences task performance of the human operator.

If you decide to take part in the research study, we will ask you to complete the following tasks:

  • Complete one Demographics Questionnaire (5 minutes).
  • Complete one Personality Questionnaire (10 minutes).
  • Complete seven Workload Questionnaires (1 minute per questionnaire; 7 minutes total).
  • Complete a familiarisation task (3 minutes)
  • Complete a baseline workload task involving numerical subtraction (4 minutes).
  • Complete six main experiment flights (5 minutes each – total 30 minutes). 

In recognition of the time and travel costs associated with your participation in the study, you will receive a Coles/Myer gift voucher equivalent to $20 per hour (total $20).

Please contact Matthew Dunn to arrange a time to participate - matthew.dunn@student.unsw.edu.au