ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- The Missouri University of Science and Technology is studying the effect of interruptions on troops monitoring systems such as unmanned aerial drones.
The research is being funded with a $315,000 grant from the nonprofit Leonard Wood Institute.
Researchers have set up a work station in Missouri S&T's Engineering Management Building. The subjects in the study perform monitoring tasks on a computer, but they're also interrupted periodically to perform other tasks. Multitasking is common in military manning stations, where personnel monitors drone flights thousands of miles away.
The Rolla school says the results of the research will be used by the military when designing new monitoring systems.