The LABY microworld: A platform for research, system engineering, and training in air traffic control
Hodgetts, Helen M.
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The LABY microworld, a functional simulation of Air Traffic Control (ATC), captures the underlying processes involved in electronic air traffic management with a simplified version of the operational human-machine interface. LABY is a computer-based human-in-the-loop dynamic environment whereby a controller must issue directional commands to guide aircraft along a predetermined route, while avoiding potential conflicts and dealing concurrently with other incoming information. It can be used for human factors research or system engineering purposes, or configured specifically for use with expert controllers for the training of non-technical skills in ATC. We present a use case of LABY, comparing the efficiency of input devices for ATC: Input times using the mouse were quicker than with the stylus, but error was not greater. We discuss the potential of LABY for system engineering, training and research purposes.
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Imbert, J.P., Hodgetts, H.M., Parise, R., Vachon, F. and Tremblay, S. (2014) 'The LABY microworld: a platform for research, system engineering, and training in air traffic control', Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting September 2014 vol. 58 no. 1 1038-1042
This conference proceedings was published in Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting in September 2014, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1541931214581217