ACHIL - Aeronautical Computer Human Interaction

The objective of this programme is to conduct research on the theme of human factors and to develop a simulation platform that benefits from the work of other teams. Their results are applied to the field of aeronautics through simulations and user-centred designs. The work aims to support the business issues of the various aeronautical operators, the human factors and training aspects, as well as the design of HMI and digital tools for future ATC and avionics systems.

Resources and services

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This platform for the study and analysis of human factors issues and human interactions in aeronautical systems covers all operator positions in the air transport system.  The ACHIL platform offers an exceptional experimental support, due to the quality and diversity of material resources that it integrates for experimental research on the theme of human factors, human-system interactions and human-system interfaces using user-centred simulations. The work carried out on this platform aims in particular to analyse the impact of the introduction of new services, applications or technologies on the business problems of the various aeronautical operators, on the human factors and training aspects. In particular, the ACHIL platform allows the experimentation of new generation HMIs and advanced digital tools for future avionics systems, air traffic control systems, cockpit interfaces or UAV systems. This platform is open to ENAC's academic and industrial partners.

This platform integrates :

  • A wide range of simulators with a high degree of realism and tools for the preparation and analysis of simulations
  • Physiological measures
  • Means of supervision and monitoring of simulation sessions

The platform is a place for integrating cross-disciplinary skills, for example from optimisation, complexity measurement, telecommunications, data analysis and interactive computing.

To visit or use the platform, go to the ENAC research platforms home page (Forms below the logos).

Applications and projects

  • Control tower simulator, en-route/approach control position and remote tower;
  • Cockpit simulator and Flying platform.

The simulators associated with the ACHIL platform can be interconnected and integrated using a middleware that enables large-scale simulations to be conducted in real time covering all the pilot and controller positions in the air transport system and offering the associated communication resources and services.

Research axes and themes

Human factors: selection/training of operators, fatigue, stress, ageing, design of specific tools for training in aeronautical professions;

Issues for the HMI: performance, taking into account the operator state in the system, degraded context, adaptation and dynamic adaptive automation;

Digital Airport: improving airport performance and transitioning to a higher level of safety and resilience;

Aeronautical Cockpit: better understanding of the cognitive processes of the pilot or instructor.

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