Accession Number : AD0420577

Title :   DEFINING LEVEL-OF-AUTOMATION FOR CHECKOUT EQUIPME%T. A SCALING APPROACH,

Corporate Author : AEROSPACE MEDICAL RESEARCH LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO

Personal Author(s) : Topmiller,Donald A.

Report Date : AUG 1963

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : In an attempt to determine if different professional groups use differing subjective scales for defining ''level of automation'' of checkout equipment, 19 engineering psychologists and 19 design engineers were administered a pairedcomparisons judgment task consisting of cards containing phases indicating various levels of man-machine automation. The resulting scaled responses for both groups contained rank-order inversions of an original intuitively developed scale. Intervals between scale points also differed between the groups. As a result of these findings, if Air Force requirements are specified for automation level of checkout equipment in weapon systems development programs, the type of raters involved and the associaced potential problems of interdisciplinary communications between professions should be considered. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, AUTOMATION), (*ENGINEERS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), (*PERCEPTION, PERSONNEL), TEST EQUIPMENT, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE