Reliably generating traffic conflicts in human-in-the-loop experiments

Amy Pritchett, Vlad Popescu, Henry Tran

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Abstract

This paper describes a method for reliably generating traffic conflicts in human-in-the-loop (HITL) experiments. Research, development and pilot training on systems such as TCAS or ACAS-X require HITL simulation studies, which have been historically limited by their ability to create desired collision avoidance trajectories. With the present method, pilots are free to control their own trajectory within the limits of air traffic instructions. The simulator adapts to any variation in the ownship's trajectory as it generates intruder trajectories. The method not only results in an RA, but also provides the ability to reliably control the type of initial resolution advisory (climb, descend,...) and any modifications (reversal, strengthen). Moreover, the generated intruder trajectories remain realistic and fade in with surrounding traffic. Therefore, pilots' reactions can be accurately studied in realistic settings and with minimal variation in the experimental conditions. Results from a recent study are presented, illustrating success rates in achieving desired initial resolution advisory and any modifications to it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE/AIAA 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781479915385
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event2013 IEEE/AIAA 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2013 - East Syracuse, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2013Oct 10 2013

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209

Other

Other2013 IEEE/AIAA 32nd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityEast Syracuse, NY
Period10/5/1310/10/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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