Symposium: Measuring behavior and physiology in and around the cockpit


  • Anne-Marie Brouower, TNO and Radboud University, The Netherlands
  • Ivo Studreher, TNO, The  Netherlands
  • Maykel van Miltenburg, Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, The Netherlands
  • Michael Tolston and Gregory Funke, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Implicit and continuous measures of mental state (e.g. attention, workload, disorientation) and momentary physical or health state (e.g. hypoxia, nausea, g-induced loss of consciousness) are potentially valuable, even life-saving, in military and other pilots. From the point of view of measuring and interpreting physiology, eye movements and other behavior, the cockpit and air traffic control centers comprise relatively well-defined environments. Much of the professionals’ sensory input and task is known and can be used to extract information on mental and physical state from the data.

There is a long tradition of measuring behavior and physiology in and around the cockpit. In this symposium, we want to present the latest results, insights and remaining challenges from simulator and real-life studies in the aviation domain, including control of UAVs (Unmanned Arial Vehicles).

EEG cap in cockpit