*This study is now complete (October 2021)
The aim of the research was to examine how the integration of incoming information can be optimised to ensure the best decisions are made. The simulation takes place within a laboratory at the University of Western Australia. The simulation comprises of a number of submarine consoles, each with a specific function (e.g. sonar and periscope). Participants are placed in teams and are trained in their particular role and the communications required with each other. The team is asked to track simulated contacts through sonar and optical means to form an accurate representation of ‘what is out there’ in order to report to command.
This series of experiments specifically investigated how visual information is consumed within the control room. The simulation has been developed by the Defence Science and Technology Group with guidance from Royal Australian Navy submariners. Participants who complete the experiment now have a unique insight into how a submarine command team actually operates to track and monitor other vessels.