Human factors commanding a swarm of drones
|Coordinator||SAAB Aktiebolag - Aeronautics|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 1 405 750|
|Project duration||November 2017 - September 2018|
|Venture||National Aeronautical Research Program 7|
Purpose and goal
In recent years, some attention has been put on the possibility to use swarms of drones to perform complicated tasks. One often over-looked aspect is the user perspective for the user who commands the drone swarm, and this has been the focus of this pre-study. The purpose of this pre-study to increase the understanding of the complexity, demands for co-operation, and basic user needs when commanding a swarm of drones has been fulfilled.
Expected results and effects
Results from this study includes identified human factors questions and identification of interaction principles within/between various levels in a command hierarchy.
Planned approach and implementation
A literature survey has been made as a background, and interviews and workshops has been used to map the possibilities and challenges in the area. This has also resulted in a project proposal for a larger future study. The work has been done with a human factors perspective when analyzing the user needs. Relevant factors studied has been possible tasks for the drone swarm; system co-operation; autonomous co-operation in a command hierarchy; decision support; and autonomy.