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The Application of Flexible Areas of Interest to Pilot Mobile Eye Tracking

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Institute of Computer Science, University of Rzeszow, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland
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Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, Rzeszow University of Technology, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland
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Department of Information Systems Applications, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, 35-225 Rzeszow, Poland
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Sensors 2020, 20(4), 986; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20040986
Received: 2 January 2020 / Revised: 4 February 2020 / Accepted: 8 February 2020 / Published: 12 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
Recent progress in the development of mobile Eye Tracking (ET) systems shows that there is a demand for modern flexible solutions that would allow for dynamic tracking of objects in the video stream. The paper describes a newly developed tool for work with ET glasses, and its advantages are outlined with the example of a pilot study. A flight task is performed on the FNTP II MCC simulator, and the pilots are equipped with the Mobile Tobii Glasses. The proposed Smart Trainer tool performs dynamic object tracking in a registered video stream, allowing for an interactive definition of Area of Interest (AOI) with blurred contours for the individual cockpit instruments and for the construction of corresponding histograms of pilot attention. The studies are carried out on a group of experienced pilots with a professional pilot CPL(A) license with instrumental flight (Instrument Rating (IR)) certification and a group of pilots without instrumental training. The experimental section shows the differences in the perception of the flight process between two distinct groups of pilots with varying levels in flight training for the ATPL(A) line pilot license. The proposed Smart Trainer tool might be exploited in order to assess and improve the process of training operators of advanced systems with human machine interfaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: eye tracking; pilot attention; Tobii Glasses Pro; cockpit instruments; object tracking eye tracking; pilot attention; Tobii Glasses Pro; cockpit instruments; object tracking
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Gomolka, Z.; Kordos, D.; Zeslawska, E. The Application of Flexible Areas of Interest to Pilot Mobile Eye Tracking. Sensors 2020, 20, 986.

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