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Re-Design and Beat Testing of the Man-Machine Integration Design and Analysis System: MIDASThe Man-machine Design and Analysis System (MIDAS) is a human factors design and analysis system that combines human cognitive models with 3D CAD models and rapid prototyping and simulation techniques. MIDAS allows designers to ask 'what if' types of questions early in concept exploration and development prior to actual hardware development. The system outputs predictions of operator workload, situational awareness and system performance as well as graphical visualization of the cockpit designs interacting with models of the human in a mission scenario. Recently, MIDAS was re-designed to enhance functionality and usability. The goals driving the redesign include more efficient processing, GUI interface, advances in the memory structures, implementation of external vision models and audition. These changes were detailed in an earlier paper. Two Beta test sites with diverse applications have been chosen. One Beta test site is investigating the development of a new airframe and its interaction with the air traffic management system. The second Beta test effort will investigate 3D auditory cueing in conjunction with traditional visual cueing strategies including panel-mounted and heads-up displays. The progress and lessons learned on each of these projects will be discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Shively, R. Jay (Army Aviation and Missile Command Moffett Field, CA United States)
Rutkowski, Michael
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Meeting Information
Digital Human Modeling for Design and Engineering Conference and Exposition(Hague)
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.