Accession Number : ADA187290

Title :   An Advanced Prototyping Tool for Human Factors Design.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : APPLICATIONS RESEARCH CORP DAYTON OH

Personal Author(s) : Brown, Thomas V

PDF Url : ADA187290

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : Modern equipment has placed new demands on human factors because of more complex machine/computer functions and increased speed demands. The human operator must interface with mechanical systems, computer software, artificial feedback effects, and other humans. There is a need for a formal, explicity defined methodology that can be used to model all of these interfaces within one context. This report describes a methodology that satisfies this need. This is a decompositional methodology that is general enough to include all system interactions, including machine effects and psychological characteristics of a human operator. The methodology is also rigorous enough to identify gaps and inadequacies to the user. Its foundation is the USE.IT methodology was not created under this effort, its application and demonstration to human factors problems did originate in this effort. An interactive intercom system, a body motion modeling task involving walking and lifting, and a human operator interacting with a radio to keep it tuned are included as examples.

Descriptors :   *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, COMPUTERS, FEEDBACK, INTERACTIONS, MECHANICAL COMPONENTS, MODELS, MOTION, OPERATORS(PERSONNEL), PSYCHOLOGY, WALKING, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Subject Categories : Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE