On the History and Prospects of Three-dimensional Human-computer Interfaces for the Provision of Air Traffic Control Services

This paper is an essay on the history and prospects of three-dimensional (3D) human-computer interfaces for the provision of air traffic control services. Over the past 25 years, many empirical studies have addressed this topic. However, the results have been deemed incoherent and self-contradictory and no common conclusion has been reached. To escape from the deadlock of the experimental approach, this study takes a step back into the conceptual development of 3D interfaces, addressing the fundamental benefits and drawbacks of 3D rendering. Under this light, many results in the literature start to make sense and some conclusions can be drawn. Also, with an emphasis on the future of air traffic control, this research identifies a set of tasks wherein the intrinsic weaknesses of 3D rendering can be minimized and its advantages can be exploited. These are the ones that do not require accurate estimates of distances or angles. For future developments in the field of 3D interfaces for air traffic control operators, the authors suggest focusing on those tasks only.


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  • Accession Number: 01600404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 24 2016 4:11PM