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California State University Long Beach
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Sabrina Billinghurst, CHAAT Grad Student in the Boeing 777 Cockpit Simulator at NASA Ames' Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory. Sabrina was one of five students who interned in this lab during Summer 2011.Sabrina Billinghurst, CHAAT Grad Student in the Boeing 777 Cockpit Simulator at NASA Ames' Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory. Sabrina was one of five students who interned in this lab during Summer 2011.
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Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT)
Period of Award: October, 2009 - September, 2014

Center

The Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT) was established at California State University, Long Beach as a NASA University Research Center in October 2009. While the center performs research on the operator demands produced by NextGen concepts of operation, CHAAT trains and develops future human-factors and other scientific/engineering aerospace professionals for work in NextGen and other aerospace environments. CHAAT is based on a solid foundation established in the Master Science Human Factors Psychology Program and collaborates with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University Long Beach, San Jose State University Foundation, and NASA Ames’ Flight Deck Display Research Laboratory (FDDRL).

Research

Extending Metric Development
CHAAT is expanding the scope of simulation work to validate measures of airspace operator performance beyond situation awareness and workload. Two-day simulations of high altitude sector are conducted to record the responses of retired air traffic controllers (ATCs) and student ATCs. Participants are tasked to respond to online probe questions on situation awareness prior and subsequent to the modification of two Federal Aviation Administration instruments; the Behavior Event Check List (BEC), and ATSAT Over-the-Shoulder (OTS) rating forms used to assess current-day ATC performance. Subject matter experts, trained by CHAAT on these new instruments, provide an overall performance measure for evaluating new 3NextGen operating concepts, training requirements and interface design guidelines through their ratings of participant ATCs.

Audio Twitter in Trajectory Operations with Merging and Spacing (ATTOMS).
CHAAT supports a simulation project led by NASA FDDRL evaluating the effect of spatially-localized flight-trajectory information and audio alerts on pilot performance in NextGen datalink-only airspace.

Development and Analysis of Input Devices for Cockpit Displays of Traffic Information (CDTI.)
CHAAT researchers are developing a CDTI tool to replace FDDRL's tool which requires a mouse and keyboard for pilot inputs. Considering human factors and cockpit design, CHAAT has developed a prototype input device to accommodate the advanced functionalities of the volumetric CDTI.

Theoretical Perspectives on Situation Awareness
As operator situation awareness has been shown to be a factor in airspace operational errors, CHAAT seeks to gain greater understanding of what situation awareness is and what it isn’t. CHAAT researchers are critically reviewing theoretical perspectives on situation awareness and the relationships of these perspectives to broader approaches of cognitive science. These perspectives include traditional process vs. state models of situation awareness, and newer approaches such as distributed-cognition.

Workforce Development
  • Expansion of Master Science Human Factors Psychology Program
  • Air Traffic Controller Radar Training Internship
  • CHAAT Undergraduate Summer Internship Program
  • Engineering Girls Summer Internship Program
  • NASA Learning Experience for Elementary School Girls
CHAAT, as a NASA University Research Center, serves as a gateway for students pursuing education and careers in STEM disciplines; especially in human factors. Through CHAAT, California State University, Long Beach has expanded its research opportunities, collaborative projects for faculty, as well as its Masters Science Human Factors Psychology (MSHF) Program in an effort to attract more students, especially minority students, to its research center, human factors careers and NASA relevant disciplines.

Principal Investigator: Tom Strybel Ph.D
Department of Psychology
Tel: (562) 985-5035, E-mail: tstrybel@csulb.edu

California State University Long Beach
Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT)
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840