Using Augmented Reality to Facilitate Maritime Collaboration
For maritime safety, it is crucial to have high-quality collaboration between crew members and with crews onshore or on other units (e.g. other vessels, ports, and wind farms). A challenge to collaboration may be that each crew member has different perspectives and different information available (e.g. what they observe directly, observe through instrumentation, or draw from their memory or mental models). A relatively new technology, augmented reality, may have the potential to improve maritime collaboration. This project aims to identify how augmented reality can facilitate collaboration in marine operations. Three experimental studies will research how different augmented reality applications can support situation awareness, decision-making, and communication among crew members. Findings will inform the development and research of augmented reality applications for collaboration in safety-critical operations and facilitate improvement of the integration and usability of user interfaces.