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HRV Monitoring for Human Factor Research in UAS

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Brandon Stark, Tejal Patel, YangQuan Chen

University of California, Merced, Merced, CA

Paper No. DETC2013-12746, pp. V004T08A055; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Though Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operators have started to push for general acceptance into the National Airspace System (NAS), there remain significant and necessary areas of research. Despite the ‘Unmanned’ moniker, human factors serve a vital role in safe and robust operation. Numerous reports have placed human errors as significant factors in recent UAS incidents, leading many researchers to investigate a framework for analyzing these human factors that lead to incidents. In this paper, the use of Heart Rate Variability (HRV), as an indicator of operator pressure or cognitive load of a UAS operator, is considered. Furthermore, potential applications of HRV research are presented towards applying this new layer of human feedback information to adjust UAS operations to achieve a safer and more resilient UAS. This paper serves as an initial proposal for this bigger closed-loop thinking in UAS human factor research.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Human factors



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