LEIF Exchange: Projects

Cheryl Savery

  • involved student Cheryl Savery  →
  • type of project Student Exchange Project
  • period of time 2012/09–2012/12
  • exchange from Queen's University (Engineering Interactive Systems Lab) to Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (Interactive Computing Laboratory)
  • supervisors Dr. Christophe Hurter,
    Nicholas Graham

Strip’TIC Augmented Paper Flight Strips for Air Traffic Control

Strip’TIC, is a prototype system for air traffic controllers. Strip’TIC bridges the gap between the digital world and the world of paper flight strips that continue to be used in air traffic control centres in France and many other parts of the world. Strip’TIC allows information entered onto flight strips to be recorded digitally while still allowing air traffic controllers to manipulate the strips in a physical manner. The system mixes augmented paper flight strips and digital pens with vision-based tracking and augmented rear and front projection. My project involved extending the system to allow multi-touch input as well as input from digital pens.

Using the system, we investigated the interactions involved in several tasks typically performed by air traffic controllers. For each task, we developed a variety of possible interaction techniques combining multi-touch, anoto pen and/or physical manipulation of paper flight strips. The interactions were evaluated by air traffic controllers during participatory design sessions and modifications were made based on their feedback.

The goals of this project are:

  • Implement multi-touch capabilities
  • Evaluate the system with air traffic controllers

Cheryl Savery, Christophe Hurter, Rémi Lesbordes, Maxime Cordeil and T.C. Nicholas Graham, When Paper Meets Multi-Touch: A Study of Multi- Modal Interactions in Air Traffic Control, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013, Pages 196–213.