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Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits

Contact: Andreas Harth


Project Status: active


Aerospace industries aim at reducing product development times and cost but face a major obstacle, the need to build several physical prototypes for verifying various factors during design. Human factors considerations in the design process of aeronautic products play a crucial role for the reliability and resilience of the systems involved, from an operational and error tolerant point of view. For system design purposes there is significant utility in applying human task and cognitive workload analysis, however in existing systems the analysis and the analysed artefacts are decoupled and implemented as separate entities. Such separation leads to high manual effort for integration, while missing chances for automation and thus cost-reduction. Semantic representation of scene content and application entities is necessary for several kinds of intelligent virtual engineering tasks. Existing systems fail to implement a closed loop between semantics and 3D geometries and generally suffer from scalability and real-time performance issues. i-VISION will progress the current status of cognitive-human analysis of operations in aircraft cockpits using VR technologies, by advancing the methodologies with requirements from modern operating conditions. It will offer the ability to publish, access and query on-demand geometric shapes and their metadata with scalability. The i-VISION project has three distinct and complementary scientific and technological objectives, briefly described as follows: Human-Cockpit Operations Analysis. Advanced human factors methods for analysing the human procedures and tasks during various phases and operating conditions in a VR-based aircraft cockpit. Semantic Virtual Cockpit. Semantic technologies will be used to enrich the geometric datasets with semantic annotations. This way intelligence and knowledge of procedures and cockpit concepts is added to the VR-based simulation of cockpit operations enabling engineers and human factors experts to assess a virtual aircraft cockpit in a time and cost-effective way. Virtual Cockpit Design Environment. An advanced VR environment will serve as a reusable and low-cost simulation test-bed for experimenting with various configurations and set-ups of virtual cockpits. It will allow the human-centred assessment of future cockpit architectures. The unique combination of research in the areas of human factors, semantics and virtual design will lead to a substantial progress and cost reductions in cockpit design and validation. i-VISION will enable designers and engineers to visualise, manipulate and interact with the digital mock up in an intelligent manner allowing for decisions to be taken very early in the design process and thus helping to reduce costly errors.

Involved Persons
Andreas Harth, Steffen Stadtmüller, Tobias Käfer, Martin Junghans, Rudi Studer


from: 1 September 2013
until: 31 August 2016
Funding: EU

Research Group

Web Science and Knowledge Management

Publications Belonging to the Project
 - book
 - incollection
 - booklet
 - proceedings
 - phdthesis
 - techreport
 - manual
 - misc
 - unpublished

Felix Leif Keppmann, Maria Maleshkova, Andreas Harth
Building REST APIs for the Robot Operating System - Mapping Concepts and Interaction
In Maria Maleshkova, Ruben Verborgh, Steffen Stadtmüller, Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data Workshop (SALAD) at the European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC), CEUR-WS, Juni, 2015

Tobias Käfer
Dynamics in Linked Data Environments
Proceedings of the Workshops at the 14th International OTM Confederated Conferences, pages: 20-25, Springer, LNCS, 9416, Oktober, 2015

Tobias Käfer, Andreas Harth, Sébastien Mamessier
Towards declarative programming and querying in a distributed Cyber-Physical System: The i-VISION case
Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Modelling, Analysis, and Control of Complex CPS (CPS Data), IEEE, April, 2016

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Tobias Käfer, Steffen Stadtmüller, Felix Keppmann, Martin Junghans, Andreas Harth, Stratos Antoniou
First Version of Semantic Virtual Cockpit Module Prototype
Institut AIFB, KIT, Karlsruhe, (D3.31), i-VISION Project Deliverable, August, 2015

Tobias Käfer, Martin Junghans, Vincent Hourdin, Steffen Stadtmüller, René Schubotz, Andreas Harth, Thomas Convard
Formats and Interfaces
Institut AIFB, KIT, Karlsruhe, (D1.41), i-VISION Project Deliverable, Mai, 2014

Tobias Käfer, Felix Leif Keppmann, Steffen Stadtmüller, Martin Junghans, Sébastien Mamessier
Design of the Semantic Virtual Cockpit Module
Institut AIFB, KIT, (D3.11), i-VISION Project Deliverable, Februar, 2015

Tobias Käfer, Felix Leif Keppmann, Steffen Stadtmüller, Andreas Harth, Sébastien Mamessier, Anna Karvouniari, Stratos Antoniou
Final Version of Semantic Virtual Cockpit Module Prototype
Institut AIFB, KIT, Karlsruhe, (D3.32), i-VISION Project Deliverable, Februar, 2016

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Felix Leif Keppmann, Tobias Käfer, Steffen Stadtmüller, René Schubotz, Andreas Harth
Integrating highly dynamic RESTful linked data APIs in a virtual reality environment (Demo)
International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), September, 2014

Felix Leif Keppmann, Tobias Käfer, Steffen Stadtmüller, René Schubotz, Andreas Harth
High Performance Linked Data Processing for Virtual Reality Environments (Demo)
International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Oktober, 2014

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