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The effect of knowledge-based system assistance on piloting performance, workload, and satisfaction

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3 Author(s)
Lind, J.H. ; US Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, CA, USA ; Hutchins, C.W., Jr. ; Neil, D.E.

A prototype software system has been built to evaluate the usefulness of simple artificial intelligence systems in aircraft cockpits. Laboratory evaluations of the system were conducted using a simulated aircraft in a full-mission scenario. Pilot task performance and workload were measured under two conditions: baseline and enhanced with the prototype knowledge-based decision-aiding system; some of the results achieved statistical significance. On the average, the knowledge-based system improved pilot performance in locating surface objects by 36%. Performance was improved an average of 42% for tasks related to successful response to mission emergencies. Workload was decreased by 13%. Overall, 83% of the pilots perceived the prototype system to be as effective as, or more effective than, the baseline system. In direct comparisons 81% of the pilots preferred the enhanced to the baseline system

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Aerospace and Electronics Conference, 1990. NAECON 1990., Proceedings of the IEEE 1990 National

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21-25 May 1990