The effect of flight phase on electrodermal activity and gaze behavior: A simulator study

Luis Lutnyk*, David Rudi, Victor R. Schinazi, Peter Kiefer, Martin Raubal

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Abstract

Current advances in airplane cockpit design and layout are often driven by a need to improve the pilot's awareness of the aircraft's state. This involves an improvement in the flow of information from aircraft to pilot. However, providing the aircraft with information on the pilot's state remains an open challenge. This work takes a first step towards determining the pilot's state based on biosensor data. We conducted a simulator study to record participants' electrodermal activity and gaze behavior, indicating pilot state changes during three distinct flight phases in an instrument failure scenario. The results show a significant difference in these psychophysiological measures between a phase of regular flight, the incident phase, and a phase with an additional troubleshooting task after the failure. The differences in the observed measures suggest great potential for a pilot-aware cockpit that can provide assistance based on the sensed pilot state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103989
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume109
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

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