Welcome to the Operator Performance Laboratory

The Operator Performance Laboratory conducts research on human-in-the-loop and intelligent autonomous systems to increase efficiency, inter-operability, and safety. Systems of particular interest include flight decks, airborne sensor systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems, and automotive user interface systems. Flight deck technology of interest includes Synthetic Vision Systems (SVS), Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), Head Up Displays (HUDs), and Head Worn Displays (HWD), along with optimized symbology sets. Integration of airborne sensor systems such as imaging sensors, Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), and RADAR provides for an extension of human vision towards enhancing situation awareness and capabilities. Our emerging UAV systems work focuses on airborne inter-operability and ground station design by leveraging knowledge from the flight deck research area. Also, the application of Intelligent Avionics Systems (IAS) gives the UAV autonomous behaviors that allow for perception of situations for autonomous decision making and support on the basis of sensor data. The OPL performs research on a diverse array of platforms, including fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, instrumented vehicles, and earth-moving machines