Hejar Gürlük will present the results of his phd thesis that he prepared within the DLR research project AdCoSCo (Adaptive Controller Support Components). His research focusses on the development and validation of a concept for a contexadaptive tower controller assistance system combined with augmented reality. The main aim of the concept is to reduce the workload in the field of information acquisition and analysis and at improving situational awareness for tower air traffic controllers.
An essential premise of the phd thesis was to continuously include tower controllers in the concept and assistance system development and evaluation. Within the years 2016 to 2018, three concept studies were therefore carried out in order to further enhance and evaluate the concept in cooperation with controllers. The information representation of the contextadaptive assistance system is characterised by the integration of augmented reality. The relevant information is projected contextadaptively into the natural outside view of the controller, i.e. depending on the current operational context (e.g. flight status or changing visibility conditions). The controllers are also enabled to interact with the augmented information. A final validation campaign was conducted where 12 tower controllers of the German and Austrian ANSP DFS and AustroControl tested and evaluated the concept. The aim of the validation was to demonstrate the advantages but also the challenges of an assistance system compared to a conventional tower controller working position in VMC and IMC visual conditions.
Hejar Gürlük will conclude his talk with his impressions on the challenges that maybe encountered when integrating such a concept combined with augmented reality into a real operational environment.