Accession Number : AD0634313

Title :   HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH IN COMMAND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEMS,

Descriptive Note : Technical research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Ringel,Seymour ; Vicino,F. L. ; Andrews,R. S.

Report Date : MAR 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The report describes the scope, rationale, organization, and progress of a command systems research program to provide human factors information needed for performance within complex automated information processing systems. Following a survey of military information processing equipment and operations and future plans for command information processing systems, basic human factors problems were identified and organized around five critical operations--screening incoming data, transforming raw data for input into storage devices, input, assimilation of displayed information, and decision making. A research program was formulated and studies undertaken to yield empirical information about the effects on human performance of (1) characteristics of the information presented (density, amount, etc.); (2) dynamic aspects of information (type, extent, coding of updates); (3) display modes and sensory modalities (group vs individual displays, multisensory displays); and (4) computer aids to the decision process. A Command Systems Laboratory was developed to permit simulation of various TOS functions. Findings have suggested the possibility of reduction in storage capacity requirements, number of displays called from storage during a given operational time period, and time required for the total information assimilation-decision process and supported the incorporation and use of information conspicuity coding capabilities in command systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, DECISION MAKING), (*COMBAT INFORMATION CENTERS, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING), DATA PROCESSING, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, MILITARY TACTICS, COMPUTERS, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE