We are happy to announce the release of the 3rd MINIMA Newsletter. In the newsletter, we summarise the work and progress within the third period of MINIMA. Specifically, we report the successful conduction of the evaluation study in Forlì, Italy together with 15 active air traffic controllers from Italy’s Air Navigation Service Provider ENAV. Furthermore, we report MINIMA’s participation in the SESAR Innovation Days 2017 in November and the Agency Research Team’s Workshop on Automation in October. Finally, we are happy to announce MINIMA’s upcoming 2nd Advisory Board Meeting which will be held at the World ATM Congress 2018 in Madrid on March 08.
MINIMA’s 2nd Advisory Board Meeting will be held on March 08 from 10:00 to 13:00 at this year’s World ATM Congress in Madrid. Together with invited subject matter experts, our team will evaluate the success of MINIMA’s progress so far. Moreover, this meeting will have an important impact on further ways of exploitation.
From November 06 – 17, the Integrated Vigilance and Attention Controller developed for MINIMA was put to the test in Forlì, Italy. Together with 15 active air traffic controllers from Italy’s Air Navigation Service Provider ENAV, it was evaluated to which extent the MINIMA concept can help to keep human operators ‘in-the-loop’ in high-level automation environments. Each controller completed the two-day study design consisting of a training- and an experimental session. During training, participants were introduced with the task environment and the adaptive automation system. In the experimental session, each participant completed scenarios with and without the MINIMA concept. In the baseline scenario, automation was constantly kept at a high level to examine its negative impact on vigilance and attention. Examination of the latter was based on electroencephalography and eye tracking data. In the second scenario using the MINIMA concept, vigilance and attention data were used as input for the Integrated Vigilance and Attention Controller. This way, the task automation level was adapted to the controllers’ state of mind to keep them ‘in-the-loop’, i. e. to maintain a high level of vigilance and attention at all times. Data collected throughout the study will serve to evaluate both the usefulness and feasibility of the MINIMA concept. The team of MINIMA would like to thank all of the ENAV controllers who participated in this study. Their support was of the utmost importance to MINIMA’s success.
We are happy to announce the release of the 2nd MINIMA Newsletter. In the newsletter, we summarise the work and progress within the second period of MINIMA. Specifically, we report the successful Mid Term Review at SJU in Brussels and our submission of the State of the Art report in which we documented the MINIMA concept in detail. Furthermore, we report our first technical integration meeting which was held in Forlì on May 30th. Finally, two dissemination activities are reported, namely our participation in the public workshop “SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: Human Factors supporting Automation in ATM” held at the World ATM Congress (WAC) in Madrid from 7 to 9 March 2017 and the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction which was held in Vancouver from 9 to 14 July 2017.
On March 21 2017, the MINIMA project team met with SESAR Joint Undertaking in Brussels to present the project’s progress so far and its upcoming and future steps. During the meeting, the progress achieved in the different work packages was presented by the team members, resulting in fruitful discussions and a great exchange of ideas and annotations among all participants. We are happy to report that SESAR JU approved and were content with MINIMA’s progress. The next big step is the technical integration meeting in Forli, Italy, which is scheduled to be held around the end of May this year.
The MINIMA project was presented to a public audience during the public workshop “SESAR 2020 Exploratory Research: Human Factors supporting Automation in ATM” held at the World ATM Congress (WAC) in Madrid from 7 to 9 March 2017. The WAC is organized by SESAR JU, EUROCONTROL, CANSO and ATCA and provides an excellent international platform for different ATM stakeholders with world-class conferences, workshops and a large-scale exhibition. The workshop was on opportunity for different SESAR Exploratory Research Projects on human factors in highly automated ATC environments to present themselves. Andreas Hasselberg introduced the MINIMA project to the audience and gave a detailed presentation about the MINIMA concept, its progress so far and further planning. MINIMA was presented along with the following projects: AGENT – Adaptive Self-Governed aerial ecosystem by negotiated traffic MOTO – The embodied reMOte TOwer PACAS – Participatory Architectural Change MAnagement in ATM Systems RETINA – Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower Air Navigation Service Provision STRESS – Human performance neurometrics Toolbox for highly automated systems design TaCo – Take Control We would like to thank the AUTOPACE team for doing a great job on organizing the workshop. It was a great opportunity to communicate with the other project teams and further elaborate our communalities in the spirit of cooperation. We are looking forward to meeting all of you again very soon.
The first newsletter of the MINIMA Project is available. It summarizes the work and progress within the first six month of MINIMA. Specifically it reports, about the Kick-Off Meeting, the State of the Art Review and the concept development. Important events for the MINIMA Projects were the poster presentation of first results at the SESAR Innovation Days and the 1st MINIMA Advisory Board meeting.
The first meeting of the MINIMA ADVISORY BOARD has taken place at the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of TU Delft on November 10th. A group of research experts and stakeholders has been presented with the main objectives of the project and with its first achievements. The Advisory Board has been planned in order to collect precious observations with regard these aspects. Both a silent and a loud brainstorming have been performed. Risks and potentials of the project have been highlighted and discussed with the consortium members by the participants in a really proactive session. The next ADVISORY BOARD will be held next year in order to verify that the development phase will be meeting the objectives in the best possible way. The MINIMA Consortium Team is really grateful to the participants of the meeting.
The state-of-the-art review was completed on August, 31. In this document, we carefully defined the concept of OOTL and reviewed the different works associated. We also investigated current solutions proposed to mitigate its effect. Finally, we proposed a review of the different markers associated to vigilance decrement, one of the main illustration of the OOTL phenomenon. We particularly focused on biological markers as basement for future development of our vigilance/attentional observer. Documents regarded ethical requirements have also been completed and a final version of our Project Management Plan was delivered.
On May 2nd and May 3rd, all project partners met at the DLR site in Braunschweig (SJU via WebEx) for the MINIMA Kick-off Meeting to discuss initial project activities.