Proceedings: GI 2015

Think different: how we completely changed the visualization of pseudo-pilot

Jean-Paul Imbert , Christophe Hurter , Yannick Jestin

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2015: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 3 - 5 June 2015, 257-264

DOI 10.20380/GI2015.33

  • Bibtex

    author = {Imbert, Jean-Paul and Hurter, Christophe and Jestin, Yannick},
    title = {Think different: how we completely changed the visualization of pseudo-pilot},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2015},
    series = {GI 2015},
    year = {2015},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-4822-6003-8},
    location = {Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada},
    pages = {257--264},
    numpages = {8},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2015.33},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


During their initial and on-the-job training, air traffic controllers communicate with human operators called pseudo-pilots who act as pilots for several simulated aircraft. With the expected increase in air traffic, a significantly higher number of aircraft will be handled during the simulations. The existing tools and working methods of the pseudo-pilots do not allow them to handle more traffic without increasing the number of operators. The increase in the number of pseudo-pilots induces problems of cost, logistics and collaboration (distribution of traffic and radio frequency congestion). This article describes the design process and improvement of a pseudo-pilot HMI which led us to a radical change of both the visualization and the interaction. This user-centered process aims to optimize visualization, effectiveness of interaction and the level of realism of the simulations. We also integrated in a seamless and robust way voice recognition in the visualization.