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M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering


Shreekanth Mandayam, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

Nidhal Bouaynaya, Ph.D.

Committee Member 2

Patrice Tremoulet, Ph.D.


heads-up display, rotorcraft, helicopter pilots, flight checklist, cockpit display


Augmented reality; Virtual reality in aeronautics


Aerospace Engineering | Electrical and Computer Engineering


Situational awareness, both tactical and strategic, is essential for humans engaged in complex tasks in civilian and military theaters of operation. Previous work has shown that heads-up displays are effective tools for providing critical information to operators in such situations. Hitherto, heads-up displays have been designed to relay instrument and sensor information to the operator in a topical, timely, and accurate manner. There is a large body of complementary work in the area of human factors that deals with presenting information to a user without detracting from the primary mission. This thesis investigates, measures, and validates the effectiveness of a framework to provide additional information to an operator in an augmented reality format. This thesis focuses on applications of heads-up displays for rotorcraft pilots. Virtual reality (VR) environments are augmented to accept externally computed situational awareness information using established frameworks for human systems engineering. These frameworks will ensure that such additional information will not negatively affect the operator's cognition in performing mission-critical tasks. The research work described in this thesis will demonstrate that such augmented heads-up displays will provide civilian and military actors with enhanced tools for operational effectiveness, safety and survivability especially in critical situations.