Accession Number : ADA057655


Title :   Human and Computer Control of Undersea Teleoperators


Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 15 Mar 1977-14 Jun 1978


Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE MAN-MACHINE SYSTEMS LAB


Personal Author(s) : Sheridan, Thomas B ; Verplank, William L


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a057655.pdf


Report Date : 15 Jul 1978


Pagination or Media Count : 186


Abstract : This is a review of factors pertaining to man-machine interaction in remote control of undersea vehicles, especially their manipulators and sensors. Emphasis is placed on human operator control of such teleoperator systems as a function of degree of automation, sensor-control integration and task demands for underwater search, object recovery and manipulation. Models of operator- computer performance are considered, particularly with respect to human supervisory control of semiautonomous systems. Sections of the report discuss: teleoperated submersible vehicles or work platforms; undersea tasks and how they can be analyzed; relative roles of human and computer or other control elements; control hardware (sensors, communication, propulsion, manipulation, control station) and how it affects the human controller; control software for computer- aided manipulation, including a review of various languages and algorithms presently available; human operator performance in manipulator control (a review of what we now know); present and prospective theoretical models of supervisory control; and finally, the needs for research in this area.


Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES , *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE , *MANIPULATORS , *REMOTE CONTROL , *TELEOPERATORS , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , MATHEMATICAL MODELS , COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS , MODELS , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , UNDERWATER , UNDERWATER COMMUNICATIONS


Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE