Measuring UAV Expertise

About this project

Previous aviation studies show that the eye-tracking measures of pilots have demonstrative ability to predict their expertise, yet not much is known about the measures of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots. In this research, sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Summer Research Program, we designed a sequence of flight tasks for UAV pilots to complete that increased in complexity over time. We recruited one beginner and one experienced UAV pilot to complete these tasks indoors while wearing a Pupil Core headset that collected real-time gaze and pupil positions.

Preliminary results show differences in the gaze pattern of each pilot throughout the tasks, as well as pupil diameter and blink behavior. Our work has been disseminated at several venues, including