Global supplier of pilot training solutions CAE is partnering with a leading user experience (UX) research lab to study pilot behaviors in a training context and identify high performance factors.
The agreement with HEC Montréal's Tech3Lab will significantly advance the research on user experience for pilots in flight simulators using biometrics, neuroscience and big data analysis. The partnership was made possible through the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), also situated in Montréal.
We will be able to analyse the key factors for effective training in flight simulators
“In collaboration with the knowledge of our employees in engineering and our pilots, we will be able to analyse the key factors for effective training in flight simulators with unprecedented quantitative depth,” CAE VP (Technology and Innovation) Marc St-Hilaire said.
Video covering the collaboration between CAE and Tech3Lab Credit: CAE via YouTube
Professor at HEC Montréal and co-director of Tech3Lab Sylvain Sénécal said the project brings new challenges to UX research as well as concrete research questions. “There is no doubt that this partnership with CAE will expand knowledge in this area, benefitting both the industry and the scientific community in general,” he said.
St-Hilaire said this was a concrete example where big data and the latest technologies could revolutionise training and ensure that the user experience in flight simulators garners the best possible results. “Ultimately, this will allow us to optimise pilot training and improve passenger safety as a whole,” he added.