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Mary Fendley (Committee Member), Subhashini Ganapthy (Advisor), Sasanka Prabhala (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering (MSIHE)


The development and use of consumer grade drones is becoming a larger part of our society for many different applications. There has been a great amount of discussion and constant review of proper operation of consumer drones including proper methods of control. In turn, regulation of such devices has been inconsistent. This study aims to better understand the effects of the three primary control interface methods (line of sight, video aided, and first-person view) on flight performance, situational awareness, and perceived mental workload of the operator. Secondarily, this study aims to provide design recommendations for future interfaces. This study shows that the first-person view control interface results in a longer flight time around a course, higher mental workload, and lower situational awareness when compared to line-of-sight and video aided control. The use of line-of-sight control performed superiorly in all areas, and the video-aided interface was very close behind.

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Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

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