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Geovisualization and time based mission planning on a multi-touch tabletop

Boensma, Robert (2015) Geovisualization and time based mission planning on a multi-touch tabletop.

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Abstract:Mission planning in the navy is mostly a traditional affair involving pen and paper. In this study new forms of mission planning were investigated, implemented and evaluated on a multi-touch tabletop. Extra attention was given to the collaborative teamwork character of and measurement elements in mission planning with situation awareness as the binding factor. To find out which kind of system allows its users to create qualitative better mission plans, experiments were conducted at Thales Hengelo in which two conditions were compared. In the manual-measurement condition the participants had to plan a mission by creating and managing routes for their assets in time and space. They had to cover a smuggler's position in time using a measurement-tool, which had similarities with traditional mission planning tools. In the automated-measurement condition they used the same tools to plan and manage their assets but the possible location of the smuggler was automatically calculated and visualized on the map. Each condition consisted of 9 groups with two participants who planned the missions by following a scenario. In both conditions usability, workload, teamwork, and situation awareness were measured. No significant differences were found between the conditions, except for the number of routes that were planned, this number was significantly higher in the automated-measurement condition. Usability and teamwork scored high, and workload and situation awareness scored average in both conditions. The study and experiments showed that a novel mission planning system for multiple users based on geovisualization in a multi-touch tabletop application is possible and usable.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Thales Nederland, Hengelo, the Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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