Toward Smarter Interfaces with OPTIS and i-VISION

OPTIS and the i-VISION consortium present the i-VISION project during the Aerodays in London.

October 21st, 2015 | Corporate Information

The i-VISION project, led by the i-VISION consortium and supported by OPTIS, the leading software vendor for the scientific simulation of light, human vision and physically correct visualization and is presented today at the Aerodays London, from October 20 to 22, 2015.  

What is i-VISION?

The European projecti-VISION aims at creating the next generation of cockpits. It involves 7 partners: OPTIS, 2 partners from the aerospace industry, AIRBUS Group Innovations Germany and France, 3 universities –the Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems & Automation of Patras, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Southampton– and an international association of academic institutes, EASN. i-VISION stands for Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits.

i-VISION consists of a semantic engine attached to the usual Virtual Reality framework, dramatically increasing the usefulness and relevance of manipulated data to human operators. This makes virtual cockpits and interaction with them smarter than simple simulators. Human factors are evaluated both at cockpit design time and simulation time, with dynamic flight procedure generation and identification. To this end, state-of-the-art interaction methods for Virtual Reality are used, including finger tracking and eye tracking.

Vincent Hourdin, PhD R&D engineer and specialist of the i-VISION project at OPTIS says:



« i-VISION will provide a cockpit evaluation and crew training tool for next generation airliners, using Virtual Reality. This tool will reduce the cost of cockpit design: Virtual Reality allows cockpit design to be evaluated without requiring expensive real mock-ups to be built. One step further, i-Vision also offers collaborative training scenarios based on virtual cockpits, which enable low-cost devices and set-ups to be used instead of expensive and hard to access simulators. Airbus is the industrial end-user of the project. Their designers, engineers and pilot trainees around the world will benefit from it. Human factors analysts will also benefit from the highly efficient way of building very complex task analysis models and generating user activity reports from them. The i-VISION tool will certainly become an industrial standard for virtual evaluation of cockpits and other complex systems involving humans in the loop. It is also tailored for the future, as any increased precision in virtual reality devices will improve the tool. »

The project will end by August 2016.

What is presented at the Aerodays?

For the first time i-VISION and OPTIS present a new general user interface for cockpits. The project currently connects three essential elements:

  • HIM, the OPTIS human ergonomics evaluation solution, to recreate the instrumental interfaces
  • A flight simulator, X-Plane, produced by Laminar Research
  • Premium flight analysis software for real time pilot tracking

This system records the behaviour of the pilot during flight and displays flight instruments and cockpit displays provided by the flight simulator. The pilot is placed in a virtual cockpit by the means of a head-mounted display and can interact with the virtual interfaces around him thanks to a fine finger tracking system. HIM is used to identify and interpret the actions of the pilot and react accordingly. The i-VISION tool will suggest the tasks to perform and the new information to display, in real time.

About i-VISION

Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits, this project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 605550. Today, aeronautic and aerospace industries want to reduce product development times and costs but face a major obstacle: the need to build several physical prototypes for verifying various factors during the design process. i-VISION will progress the current status of cognitive-human analysis of operations in aircraft cockpits using VR technologies, by advancing the methodologies with requirements from modern operating conditions. For more information about i-VISION, please visit

Coordinator: Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation,
                     University of Patras, Greece



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