The Multi-Attribute Task Battery (MATB), originally developed by Comstock & Arnegard (1992) was a DOS-based experimental platform that required the simultaneous performance of tasks that are generalizations of piloting tasks: tracking, auditory monitoring, resource management, and response to event onsets. This experimental platform allows testing of multiple task management performance that is relevant to flightdeck performance with non-pilot subjects. In the original MATB , the tracking task could spontaneously become automated, which allowed testing of automation trust and complacency conditions.

On 2011 we released MATB-II. MATB-II reimplements the tasks from the original MATB. In particular, whereas MATB-I required a second computer to support the auditory monitoring task, MATB-II does not.  This version comes with 8 sets of 80 pre-recorded messages for use in this task.

The MATB-II runs on  the Windows platform.  The MATB-II was designed and tested on the Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7) operating system using the .NET Framework 4.0. MATB-II also executes in Windows 8; however, its proper execution on Windows 8 hasn’t been validated.

More than 135 research papers have been published using the MATB-I or a derivative work as an experimental platform; with over 40 of these in the last 7 years alone.

We hope our efforts spur new use of this tool to further investigations of human performance capabilities, and the performance of human operators with automated agents.

Your comments and questions are welcome.

Areas of Application

  •  Aerospace medicine
  •  Automotive Navigation Systems
  •  Biological engineering
  •  Simulator flight performance
  •  Alarm systems design
  •  HMI quantitative model design
  • Workload in air traffic control
  • Psychology
  • Pilot fatigue detection
  • Noctural brain electrical activity and performance
  • Physiological metrics of mental workload
  • Performance battery generation


MATB development was sponsored by NASA’s System-wide Safety Assurance Technologies (SSAT) Project. NASA’s Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck Project sponsored MATB development during the years of 2007-2010.