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Testing usability and trainability of indirect touch interaction: perspective for the next generation of air traffic control systems

Causse, Mickaël and Alonso, Roland and Vachon, François and Parise, Robert and Orliaguet, Jean-Pierre and Tremblay, Sébastien and Terrier, Patrice Testing usability and trainability of indirect touch interaction: perspective for the next generation of air traffic control systems. (2014) Ergonomics, 57 (11). 616-1627. ISSN 0014-0139

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2014.940400


This study aims to determine whether indirect touch device can be used to interact with graphical objects displayed on another screen in an air traffic control (ATC) context. The introduction of such a device likely requires an adaptation of the sensory-motor system. The operator has to simultaneously perform movements on the horizontal plane while assessing them on the vertical plane. Thirty-six right-handed participants performed movement training with either constant or variable practice and with or without visual feedback of the displacement of their actions. Participants then performed a test phase without visual feedback. Performance improved in both practice conditions, but accuracy was higher with visual feedback. During the test phase, movement time was longer for those who had practiced with feedback, suggesting an element of dependency. However, this 'cost' of feedback did not extend to movement accuracy. Finally, participants who had received variable training performed better in the test phase, but accuracy was still unsatisfactory. We conclude that continuous visual feedback on the stylus position is necessary if tablets are to be introduced in ATC.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble 2 - UPMF (FRANCE)
Other partners > Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile - DGAC (FRANCE)
Other partners > Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes - EPHE (FRANCE)
Other partners > Egis Avia (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble 1 - UJF (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Savoie Mont Blanc - USMB (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Bordeaux Montaigne (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Laval (CANADA)
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Deposited On:20 Nov 2014 14:07

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