Military Rotorcraft Associate - Coordinated & Adaptive

Adaptive Assistance for Cockpit Crews in Manned-Unmanned Teaming Missions


In MiRA-CA, concepts for cooperation between pilots and automation are developed and evaluated. The primary research focus is on the support of a helicopter crew in Manned-Unmanned-Teaming (MUM-T) scenarios. The cooperation approaches are developed at the institute and tested together with pilots of the German Armed Forces in the institute's own helicopter mission simulator.


Research priorities of the project:

Workload adaptive assistance

The high complexity and dynamics of the missions and the requirement to simultaneously control up to four aircraft from the cockpit lead to a high mental demand on the crew. For this reason, both the commander and the pilot are supported during the mission by an Adaptive Associate System. This system has the same situational picture as the crew and can thus recognize neglected tasks. Depending on the mental state of the crew, it scales the type and extent of assistance and either gives suggestions and hints or simplifies or adopts tasks. Based on the mission plan, the associate system can identify and prevent future stress peaks before they occur. The type, timing, frequency and extent of assistive interventions are of particular interest and are analyzed in human-machine experiments.

Operator mental state estimation

A picture of the mental state of the crew is created during the mission. For this purpose, all system interactions are monitored by sensors such as Eye Tracking Systems and the activity and demands of the crew are determined online.