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Dynamic Workload Management for Multi-RPAS Pilots

Miguel Ángel Fas-Millán(1*), Enric Pastor(2)

(1) Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain
(2) Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain
(*) Corresponding author



This document describes a key aspect of NtoM, a concept of operations (ConOps) currently under development, which focuses on the awareness, productivity and safety of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) pilots controlling several flights at once in non-segregated airspace. An explanation will be given of how the ConOps suggests capturing, representing, managing and predicting the workload of the pilots. To illustrate some of the features of the concept, it was necessary to define a representation of the workload associated to the tasks. A synthetic task environment that used the NtoM prototype was built and used to evaluate the requirements of time and attention of pseudo-pilots based on their performance while executing the tasks and task overlaps, determine the top threshold of workload allowed for a pilot and detect incompatibilities among tasks. These values served as a reference to design demanding test scenarios, which helped to reveal weaknesses and inspire improvements that were addressed in the following stage of development.
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RPAS; UAV; CPDLC; Workload

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