Leonardis L. Bruce

Name: Leonardis L. Bruce
Agency: U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral & Social Sciences
Division: Fort Benning Research Unit, GA (Institutional Training)
School: Auburn University
Program of Study: Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)
Synopsis:Army aviation is seeking to increase the tactical role of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). One aspect of this expansion is the development of Manned-Unmanned Teams (MUM-T) where UAS will be teamed with manned aircraft. Currently, UAS pilots do not possess the necessary KSAs to perform tasks that would be required of them in these MUM-Ts.

The critical KSAs have been identified and we are in the stages of developing a computerized, scenario-based simulation training module that will teach UAS pilots these skills. In addition to simply developing a training module, we will be investigating the effects of adaptive scaffolding on training performance. Specifically, we are seeking to determine whether adapting the structure of the training module accelerates learning compared to other methods of scaffolding such as backwards or forwards fading.
Stewart, J., Bruce, L.L., & Dean, C. (2013, December) Training Aviation Manned-Unmanned Teaming Skills at Home Station. Paper to be presented at the 47th annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference.

Dates: Start: 02/2012 End: 04/2014