Soldier Machine Interface for Vehicle Formations: Interface Design and an Approach Evaluation and Experimentation

Report No. ARL-TR-4678
Authors: Keryl A. Cosenzo, Erin Capstick, Regina Pomranky, Tony Johnson, and Sanjiv Dungrani
Date/Pages: April 2009; 48 pages
Abstract: This document presents interface designs developed through a number of technology development and experimentation efforts at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center and U.S. Army Research Laboratory, respectively. Through these efforts, a functional Soldier Machine Interface (SMI) was developed using Future Combat System concepts to support the tasks of monitoring and maintaining coordinated movement of platoon size units conducting a tactical road march. This report provides an in-depth description of the approach used to develop the SMI and the features of the SMI. In addition, we describe a modeling and simulation environment that is being used to support human-in-the-loop experiments to evaluate the current SMI and examine the impact of the SMI on the supporting operator's roles.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2009