CAE has joined forces with HEC Montréal's Tech3Lab, a leading user experience research lab in North America, to study pilot behaviours in a training context using biometrics, neuroscience and big data.

The partnership, which was made possible through the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), will significantly advance the research on user experience and identify high performance factors for aircraft pilots in flight simulators.

“We are very pleased with this historic partnership between CAE and Tech3Lab. Thanks to the expertise of this seasoned team, in collaboration with the knowledge of our employees in engineering and our pilots, we will be able to analyse the key factors for effective training in flight simulators with unprecedented quantitative depth,” commented Marc St-Hilaire, VP Technology and Innovation, CAE.

“Training is at the core of CAE's business, and here we have a concrete example where big data and the latest technologies could revolutionise training and ensure that the user experience in flight simulators garners the best possible results. Ultimately, this will allow us to optimise pilot training and improve passenger safety as a whole,” St-Hilaire continued.

"This exciting project brings new challenges to UX research as well as concrete research questions," said Sylvain Sénécal, a professor at HEC Montréal and Co-director of Tech3Lab. "There is no doubt that this partnership with CAE will expand knowledge in this area, benefitting both the industry and the scientific community in general."