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Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

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An eye-tracking system keeps track of where the pilot is looking.

Researchers have developed eye-tracking software for use in pilot training.

Credit: David Rudi/ETH Zurich

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Swiss International Air Lines, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and others have developed and tested eye-tracking software to train pilots.

The Instructor Assistant System (iAssyst) software lets instructors analyze the gaze patterns of trainees in the cockpit of a flight simulator to see how they monitor the automated systems of modern passenger planes.

iAssyst combines video, audio, and simulator recordings, while displaying pilots' gaze patterns.

iAssyst permitted trainers to analyze pilots' flying performance with greater precision, enabling instructors to better evaluate the causes of potential pilot errors, and appropriately adjust the training regimen.

ETH researchers Martin Raubal and David Rudi said the software also could be used for medical training.

From ETH Zurich
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