Automatic Brightness Control for Cockpit Electronic Display Instruments

Period of Performance: 09/23/1993 - 07/23/1996


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

MTL Systems, Inc.
3481 Dayton-Xenia Rd.
Dayton, OH 45432
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


The Phase I effort resulted in definition of a system for control of cockpit electronic instrument brightness. Relevant human factor considerations were developed and the concept was validated by laboratory experimentation. An experimental cockpit environment was created for assessment of control effectiveness. The Phase II effort proposed herein is a direct continuation of that work. It will result in a system design for Automatic Brightness Control of electronic cockpit instruments of various formats and types. The design will be structured for retrofit of an ABC system into existing aircraft. Phase II work includes construction of an ABC system which can be used for further development of control algorithms appropriate for military aircraft, algorithm development and refinement, and finally construction of a number of deliverable prototype systems for Air Force evaluation.