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Design and Validation of HABTA: Human Attention-Based Task Allocator (Extended Abstract)

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Author: Maanen, P.P. van · Koning, L. de · Dongen, C.J.G. van
Institution: TNO Defensie en Veiligheid
Source:Proceedings of the 20th Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence (BNAIC 2008), Enschede, The Netherlands, 2008, 339-340
Identifier: 23113
Keywords: Command and control Informatics


Several challenges can be identified for work on future naval platforms. Information volumes for navigation, system monitoring, and tactical tasks will increase as the complexity of the internal and external environment also increases. The trend of reduced manning is expected to continue as a result of economic pressures and humans will be responsible for more tasks, tasks with increased load, and tasks with which they will have little experience. Problems with attention allocation are more likely to occur when more has to be done with less. To avoid these attention allocation problems, in this paper it is proposed that humans are supported by cooperative agents capable of managing their own and the human’s allocation of attention. It is expected that these attention managers have a significant impact: when attentional switches between tasks or objects are often solicited, where the human’s lack of experience with the environment makes it harder for them to select the appropriate attentional focus, or where an inappropriate selection of attentional focus may cause serious damage. In domains like air traffic control or naval tactical picture compilation these properties are found.