Human Interfaces in Micro and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Chapter uri icon


  • Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015. This chapter surveys the various aspects of user interfaces for a Mission Specialist role on micro and small unmanned aerial system (UAS) human-robot teams. An operational characterization of micro and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are presently in use is first categorized into two size groups. Following this, three formal human team member roles are presented that trend from the micro and small UAS-related literature, Flight Operations Director, Pilot and Navigator, and the Mission Specialist, in order to identify distinct team member role differences. For each category of UAV, the Mission Specialist role is evaluated to determine (1) what type of user interface technologies are present and/or available, (2) how the Mission Specialist currently or could interact with the user interface technology, and (3) what the perceived consequences of this user interface technology are in the context of the three identified micro and small UAS human-robot team roles. The findings of this survey suggest that current Mission Specialist performance in micro and small UAS may be suboptimal due to the sharing of a single Pilot and Navigator-oriented user interface or a reuse of the Pilot and Navigator user interface.

author list (cited authors)

  • Peschel, J. M., & Murphy, R. R.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Peschel, Joshua M||Murphy, Robin R

Book Title

  • Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

publication date

  • August 2014