Accession Number : AD0737266

Title :   An Investigation into Software Structures for Man/Machine Interactions.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ANALYTICS INC ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Nicholson,Richard M. ; Wiggins,Bryan D. ; Silver,Carl A.

Report Date : FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 87

Abstract : The current trend in command and control/information systems within the Navy, toward greater use of interactive capabilities, has the effect of bringing the true 'user'--the decision-maker--into direct contact with the system, rather than using a programmer as an intermediary. It is therefore necessary that the system designer orient the man/machine communication less toward his own programming community and more toward a user whose familiarity with computer devices and terminology is somewhat less than his own. For a clear view of the typical user and the functions he and the system perform, a survey of recent Navy systems is described. A review of the literature in information systems to determine the availability of information useful to the system designer in interactive software performance is presented. Finally, a research program to derive the needed information is proposed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DATA PROCESSING, NAVAL OPERATIONS), (*COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING), (*COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL), MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, DECISION MAKING

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE