Berkeley Innovation, an undergraduate human-centered design club at UC Berkeley that I am involved in (now Vice President), was approached to help design an interface for a civil engineering senior project. Together with two other computer science students and four civil engineering students, we designed the user interface for this proposed communications system, G-SyNC.
The project was supervised by advisor Dr. Jasenka Rakas, deputy director of the UC Berkeley National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR). We designed multiple iterations of the user interface of G-SyNC, Ground System for NexGen Communications, a touchscreen datalink communications system for pilots and air traffic controllers. This involved researching existing and future air traffic control (ATC) communications technologies, as well as standard ATC voice commands. Throughout the course of this project, we also interviewed researchers, pilots, and air traffic controllers to obtain academic and industry feedback.