Accession Number : AD0283330

Title :   DESIGN AND USE OF MAN-MACHINE SYSTEMS

Corporate Author : SMITH ELECTRONICS INC CLEVELAND OH

Personal Author(s) : MILLER, ROBERT B. ; CHAPMAN, ROBERT L.

Report Date : 15 NOV 1959

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Problems in basic research that need to be solved in order to make the most effective use of men in weapon systems are discussed. Discussion is limited to topics in which present research support appears to be inadequate to meet the needs of the Department of Defense in the time period 1965-70, and to those topics in which the Department of Defense has a peculiar interest because of its generality. Basic scientific theory on systems considered as whole is inadequate. System simulation techniques are inadequate. Current techniques for personnel operations are inadequate to insure that new man-machine systems will be effectively operated, maintained and supported. A generalized man-tomachine control language is needed. Knowledge of displays is inadequate both in terms of what information to displa and how best to display it. Methods of indexing research data and information for e ficient use of mechanized storage and retrieval systems are inadequate. A focus is needed for the present widely scattered manmachine system research activities.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY RESEARCH, *AUTOMATION, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *MILITARY RESEARCH, MILITARY BUDGETS, COMMUNICATION THEORY, COMPUTERS, DECISION MAKING, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, DOCUMENTS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, LANGUAGE, MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, PERSONNEL, RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, SIMULATION, WEAPONS.

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE