The research questions revolve around the interface and collaboration between human and automation, sometimes on a very conceptual level, and sometimes, on a more tangible level including designing of graphical or other interfaces. Of special interest is to study what happens when the total system is subject to some kind of disturbance - that is when collaboration becomes important. The research is mostly performed in an exploratory way using simple prototypes and workshops. A central aspect is the inclusion of air traffic controllers in the process. It also includes cooperation with other domains, train control and vessel traffic service, with similar work environments and who share similar problems and issues. Hopefully, the results can provide one small part to the puzzle of how to design automation that serves us well and can be considered more like an appreciated colleague than a rather silly tool that only works when the sun shines and all everybody are happy.
How can adaptive automation be designed to team up with humans in order to perform the air traffic control of tomorrow? This, and related questions, is what will be the focus for my PhD.