An analysis of relational complexity in an air traffic control conflict detection task

Boag, C., Neal, A., Loft, S. and Halford, G. S. (2006) An analysis of relational complexity in an air traffic control conflict detection task. Ergonomics, 49 14: 1508-1526.


Author Boag, C.
Neal, A.
Loft, S.
Halford, G. S.
Title An analysis of relational complexity in an air traffic control conflict detection task
Journal name Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0014-0139
1366-5847
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00140130600779744
Volume 49
Issue 14
Start page 1508
End page 1526
Total pages 19
Editor R. Stammers
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
380102 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language
690301 Air transport
170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1203 Design Practice and Management
Abstract Theoretical analyses of air traffic complexity were carried out using the Method for the Analysis of Relational Complexity. Twenty-two air traffic controllers examined static air traffic displays and were required to detect and resolve conflicts. Objective measures of performance included conflict detection time and accuracy. Subjective perceptions of mental workload were assessed by a complexity-sorting task and subjective ratings of the difficulty of different aspects of the task. A metric quantifying the complexity of pair-wise relations among aircraft was able to account for a substantial portion of the variance in the perceived complexity and difficulty of conflict detection problems, as well as reaction time. Other variables that influenced performance included the mean minimum separation between aircraft pairs and the amount of time that aircraft spent in conflict.
Keyword Relational complexity
Mental workload
Air traffic control
Conflict detection
Q-Index Code C1

 
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