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Title: A neuroimaging approach to evaluate choices and compare performance of tower air traffic controllers during missed approaches
Authors: Ayeni, Alvin John
Pushparaj, Kiranraj
Izzetoglu, Kurtulus
Alam, Sameer 
Duong, Vu N. 
Keywords: Engineering::Aeronautical engineering::Aviation
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Ayeni, A. J., Pushparaj, K., Izzetoglu, K., Alam, S. & Duong, V. N. (2020). A neuroimaging approach to evaluate choices and compare performance of tower air traffic controllers during missed approaches. International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2020, 107-117.
Project: M4062429.056.706022 
Conference: International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2020
Abstract: The aim of this research is to use functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to compare and contrast brain activation for professional versus novice Tower Air Traffic Controllers when performing their daily tasks, whilst accounting for missed approaches. With functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy chosen due to its ability to continuously monitor brain activity for mobile participants in their workplace settings, increasing eco-logical validity, as well as being safe, inexpensive, and benefitting from low set-up times, resulting in excellent temporal resolution as well as superior spatial resolution over Electroencephalogram. If a significant difference in activation is observed between professional and novice ATCOs, the neuroimaging data can be used as a benchmark for future exploratory studies using the obtained neuroimaging data to serve as a reliable quantitative measure to track performance during Air Traffic Controller training, establishing a metric to distinguish novice from professional Air Traffic Controllers. Our hypothesis is that professional tower controllers will have a decrease in brain activation due to their experience. Contrastingly, novice tower controllers would have more extensive brain activation, given a lack of experience relying soley on training. Additionally, we expect to see a significant difference in sustained attention activation between professionals and novices. The tasks that the tower controllers will be expected to resolve will be a series of tower control duties that will be severely impacted by a range of factors that will intentionally make the successful performance of their duties strained.
ISBN: 978-3-030-50352-9
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Research Centres: Air Traffic Management Research Institute 
Rights: © 2020 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2020.
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