Human Supervisory Control Testbed (HSCT)

ASU's Security & Defense Systems Initiative has created a new configurable testbed for conducting research on individual or team-based human supervisory control of distributed and/or semi-autonomous complex adaptive systems.

This facility enables research and development of capabilities supporting individuals or teams of operators who must interact with potentially large amounts of data from a range of sources to monitor and supervise the operations of cyber-physical systems that may be highly distributed and may have varying degrees of autonomous control.  It consists of up to five configurable interconnected operator stations, each with a three-screen monitor capability, and up to six surrounding large-format screens for enhanced shared situational awareness.  The HSCT can be used to simulate environments such as individual UAS operator/ground stations, distributed common ground systems, air operations centers, network operations centers, smart electric grid operations centers, or emergency operations centers.

This flexible testbed can be configured to permit research ranging from the design of software to support effective individual or multi-operator interactions with complex and potentially massive data streams, to understanding the effectiveness of roles, responsibilities, and interactions among multiple human operators supervising the control of potentially highly distributed and adaptive systems that may have widely varying degrees of autonomous capabilities.  Research on these types of human supervisory control systems is becoming increasingly important in many applications, as the rapid growth of highly distributed and adaptive systems having substantial embedded control capabilities requires human operators to monitor and interact with such systems in a supervisory manner involving potentially large, complex, and rapidly changing data environments.