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  PROJECTS in Adaptive Human/Machine Multi-sensory Prostheses
  Multi-sensory Adaptive Interfaces for Improved Decision Making in Dynamic Environments
  Tactile Interfaces for Sensory Substitution or Augmentation in Complex Dynamic Environments
  TSAS: Tactile Situation Awareness System

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  Research :: Adaptive Human/Machine Multi-sensory Prostheses

In many dynamic situations or complex control tasks humans rely on machine components to extend their sensory-motor capabilities. Through the use of such extensions (also known as prostheses), people are able to fly aircraft, drive automobiles and control processes in industrial plants. Mishaps, however, can occur when the machine or the human loses situation awareness due to missing sensory information or misunderstanding of available information resources.

IHMC researchers develop multi-sensory prostheses to help humans maintain situation awareness in complex activities. Providing a multi-modal interface between the pool of available information and the human operator provides a partial solution. In a complete system, the machine (or process) under control makes use of multi-modal interpretation of operator intent and state.

New man-machine systems will employ robust, bi-directional multi sensory interaction. These systems will exploit each component's unique capabilities to adaptively reduce cognitive load and ambiguity while improving situation awareness for both the human and automation portions of the total system.