Concept and Objectives:

The i-VISION project aims at supporting human factors design and validation activities in aircraft cockpits, during the early phases of the product life-cycle through knowledge-based immersive virtual reality technologies. 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.

i-VISION Results in brief:

i-VISION will deliver three distinct technological components that are integrated and validated together with the industrial partners:

  • The Human-cockpit operations analysis module will act as the basis for the human task and cognitive workload analysis.
  • The Semantic virtual cockpit module will provide the semantic-based scene-graph architecture and management engine.
  • The Virtual cockpit design environment will be the advanced design environment for interactive and intuitive virtual prototyping of modern aircraft cockpits, facilitating knowledge-based simulation technologies.

The knowledge-based technologies of i-VISION will accelerate the design process through the systematic reuse of knowledge, while allowing for faster and more flexible prototyping of aircraft cockpits. The analysis of human operations will result in highly competitive cockpits from the end-user’s perspective and will increase the utilisation of future aircraft by allowing human pilots to operate in extreme weather and traffic conditions. The industrial project partners have first-hand experience in using integrated prototypes for cockpit design and validation and can thus readily apply the results in commercial cockpit development. The information technology vendors have the chance to individually augment their product portfolios and thus achieve impact on European and international markets.

The i-VISION project involves 7 partners from 5 EU countries. The apparent multi-nationality assures a specification framework addressing in a representative way European-wide technology requirements, but it also widely improves the potential for an efficient Europe-wide dissemination of the project outputs. The i-VISION project is endorsed by EASN.