The plug-and-play ATM-centric speech-enabled agent is conceived as a service component of the SMART-NAS testbed to support HITL testing for NextGen feasibility assessment studies within NASA. The ATM-centric speech-enabled agent can support HITL experiments in numerous NASA facilities, including at Ames Research Center the ATC Lab, the FutureFlight Central (FFC), the Crew Vehicle Systems Research Facility (CVSRF), and the Airspace Operations Lab (AOL). It is also applicable to the HITL activities at the Air Traffic Operations Lab (ATOL) at Langley Research Center.
The proposed ATM-centric speech-enabled agent can be adapted for other simulation facilities within the FAA. In addition, the ATM speech agent will also benefit air traffic control training facilities, including the FAA Academy at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, and DoD training facilities such as the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Pensacola, FL. In addition, the technology can be implemented in individualized training systems for pilots and air traffic controllers.