Accession Number : AD0676777

Title :   A VIEW OF MAN'S ROLE AND FUNCTION IN A COMPLEX SYSTEM,

Corporate Author : GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Thomas,Francis H.

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : In this paper the roles and functions of man in the evolution and development of two complex specific systems within the Army operational environment are discussed. It is pointed out that throughout the course of historical development, the basic system functions and objectives have remained unchanged even though the system equipments have varied. With equipment changes, man's physical functions in system operation have also changed. In predicting the effectiveness of man in a future system operational environment, an approach independent of equipment differences is required. Such an approach in which man is conceived as an information processor is described. The approach is applied to the human operator roles in manned aerial reconnaissance and surveillance and in target acquisition. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS), (*MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)), SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, TARGET ACQUISITION, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), ITERATIONS, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), DECISION MAKING, REASONING

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE