Evaluation of UAS Camera Operator Interfaces in a Simulated Task Environment: An Optical Brain Imaging Approach

  • Murat Perit Çakır
  • Abdullah Murat Şenyiğit
  • Daryal Murat Akay
  • Hasan Ayaz
  • Veysi İşler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7366)


In this paper we focus on the effect of different interface designs on the performance and cognitive workload of sensor operators (SO) during a target detection task in a simulated environment. Functional near-infrared (fNIR) spectroscopy is used to investigate whether there is a relationship between target detection performance across three SO interfaces and brain activation data obtained from the subjects’ prefrontal cortices that are associated with relevant higher-order cognitive functions such as attention, response selection and decision making. The preliminary findings of the study suggest that brain regions in the vicinity of medial frontal gyrus of the right hemisphere respond differentially to the cognitive workload induced by different interfaces.


Optical brain imaging functional near-infrared spectroscopy target detection interface evaluation UAS camera operators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murat Perit Çakır
    • 1
    • 2
  • Abdullah Murat Şenyiğit
    • 3
  • Daryal Murat Akay
    • 1
  • Hasan Ayaz
    • 2
  • Veysi İşler
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive Science, Informatics InstituteMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  2. 2.CONQUER Collaborative, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health SystemsDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.TAF Modelling and Simulation R&D CenterMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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