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Measuring cognitive task load on a naval ship: Implications of a real world environment

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Author: Grootjen, M. · Neerincx, M.A. · Weert, J.C.M. van · Truong, K.P.
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:12th International Conference, HCI International (HCII) 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 4565 LNAI
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Identifier: 19217
doi: doi:10.1007/978-3-540-73216-7_17
Keywords: Defence · task performance · navy · automation · Computational complexity · Control systems · Information systems · Problem solving · Process control · Cognitive task load · Control shifts · Naval ships · Supervisory control · Ships


Application of more and more automation in process control shifts the operator’s task from manual to supervisory control. Increasing system autonomy, complexity and information fluctuations make it extremely difficult to develop static support concepts that cover all critical situations after implementing the system. Therefore, support systems in dynamic domains should be dynamic as the domain itself. This paper elaborates on the state information needed from the operator to generate effective mitigation strategies. We describe implications of a real world experiment onboard three frigates of the Royal Netherlands Navy. Although new techniques allow us to measure, combine and gain insight in physiological, subjective and task information, many practical issues need to be solved.