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MSc Assignments

Ecological Interface Design for UAV Ground Control Stations

Lead Researcher:Dr ir Clark Borst
Other specifications:Full time

The project

In this thesis assignment you will develop a truly ecological interface for a UAV ground control station by stepping through all phases in the Cognitive Work Analysis framework. In previous work, several constraint-based interface prototypes for UAV swarms, performing a generic ground-surveillance mission, have been developed. Although they were successful in many ways, significant improvements in mission control could be realized by targeting all means-ends relationships found in the work domain and by conducting proper follow-on analyses in terms of the control tasks, strategies, cooperation (between human and automation), and worker competencies.

Your efforts

In this project you will augment an existing UAV interface developed for Android tablets. The foundation for this interface has already been implemented and is up and running (see on Google PlayStore), but needs to be improved. Your job is first and foremost to perform a thorough CWA and extend the interface accordingly. Second, these improvements must be implemented in the existing Android App followed by a small-scale evaluation study.


For this project, programming in Java and OpenGL ES for Android tablets is required. Therefore, the student should have a high interest in learning to program and making apps. Of course it helps if the student already has some basic programming skills and experience. Note that the programming involves extending our existing tools and thus doesn’t involve creating everything from scratch!

Project outline

The first 3 months cover a preliminary graduation (Literature Study (AE4020), combined with the course Research Methodologies (AE4010)). During this phase you will perform a literature survey and design the requirements for the extensions to the existing app. The preliminary phase will be finalized with a presentation and report. In the remaining 6 months you will further develop, implement and evaluate your concept as part of final thesis phase (AE5310).