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Playbook Data Analysis Tool: Collecting Interaction Data from Extremely Remote UsersTypically, user tests for software tools are conducted in person. At NASA, the users may be located at the bottom of the ocean in a pressurized habitat, above the atmosphere in the International Space Station, or in an isolated capsule on a simulated asteroid mission. The Playbook Data Analysis Tool (P-DAT) is a human-computer interaction (HCI) evaluation tool that the NASA Ames HCI Group has developed to record user interactions with Playbook, the group's existing planning-and-execution software application. Once the remotely collected user interaction data makes its way back to Earth, researchers can use P-DAT for in-depth analysis. Since a critical component of the Playbook project is to understand how to develop more intuitive software tools for astronauts to plan in space, P-DAT helps guide us in the development of additional easy-to-use features for Playbook, informing the design of future crew autonomy tools.P-DAT has demonstrated the capability of discreetly capturing usability data in amanner that is transparent to Playbook’s end-users. In our experience, P-DAT data hasalready shown its utility, revealing potential usability patterns, helping diagnose softwarebugs, and identifying metrics and events that are pertinent to Playbook usage aswell as spaceflight operations. As we continue to develop this analysis tool, P-DATmay yet provide a method for long-duration, unobtrusive human performance collectionand evaluation for mission controllers back on Earth and researchers investigatingthe effects and mitigations related to future human spaceflight performance.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Kanefsky, Bob
(San Jose State Univ. Research Foundation San Jose, CA, United States)
Zheng, Jimin
(San Jose State Univ. Research Foundation San Jose, CA, United States)
Deliz, Ivonne
(ASRC Research and Technology Solutions, LLC Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Marquez, Jessica J.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Hillenius, Steven
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
November 30, 2017
Publication Date
July 17, 2017
Subject Category
Mathematical And Computer Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2017)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: July 17, 2017
End Date: July 21, 2017
Sponsors: Applied Human Factors, Inc.
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 466199.02.01.10
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
in-flight monitoring
video data
human-computer interface
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