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SST presented at the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies

(June 2015) SST presented at the Southern New Jersey Professional Societies dinner meeting held June 17, 2015. The topic was "Web-Based Operational Evaluation of Aircraft Conflicts" by Dr. Anthony J. Masalonis.

Dr. Masalonis presented a study, supported by Spectrum Software Technology, of En Route controller conflict detection using Web technology and "crowdsourcing" to obtain many more participants than could join a Human-in-the-Loop study. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Human Factors Branch and Concept Analysis Branch are collaborating on the study. The FAA Concept Analysis Branch has created air traffic samples to test the performance of Conflict Probe automation, which detects conflicts (losses of minimum separation) between aircraft in En Route airspace and presents strategic warnings to the controller. This study, designed and analyzed by the Human Factors Branch, presents a series of mini-scenarios taken from the test samples, each showing a pair of aircraft that may conflict. Controllers, participating from their own facilities via the Web, will decide whether they believe the aircraft will in fact conflict and indicate whether they would have wanted automation support for this decision. The FAA will use data on their detection accuracy and efficiency, and their preference for automation help on each scenario, to create an operationally relevant scenario set for future testing of the automation, and to derive performance requirements for future Conflict Probe upgrades.

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