We describe a workload model of a single pilot unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control, which can provide the basis for extension to multiple UAV control and supervision. The model predicts multi-task capabilities based upon the multiple-resource model of human time sharing. Elements of the model are described related to task demand, resource conflict, and resource allocation (task priority). We then demonstrate its applicability to predicting pilot performance in the MQ-1 Predator, describing the “workload spikes” during a typical mission, and demonstrating ways in which high workload can be mitigated.
& Walters, B.
(2011). A Cognitive Model of the Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. 16th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 535-540.