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The contribution of Human Machine Interfaces on the Situation Awareness of operators.

Weit, E.W. van der (2017) The contribution of Human Machine Interfaces on the Situation Awareness of operators. Master's Thesis / Essay, Human-Machine Communication.

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Automation is the main focus in the current industry. In this world the role of humans changes from executing to monitoring. One of the ironies of increasing automation is that the requirements for operators increase, as operators have to take over when automation fails. The ability of operators to take over is linked to the mental model the operator has of that situation, also called Situation Awareness (SA). SA is a construct that measures understanding of the current situation and what this implies for future events. Automation has shown to have a negative effect on SA, taking over tasks previously done by the human. In order to support SA of operators, a Human Machine Interface (HMI) can be used. A HMI can display information efficiently, maximizing the SA of operators. The current study looks at the effect of a HMI on SA with different types of HMI usage. A comparison is made between continuous monitoring versus occasional monitoring. Results show no difference in SA measures between continuous monitoring and occasional monitoring. This implies that with the right HMI design occasional monitoring is sufficient, which will be necessary with increasing automation.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Human-Machine Communication
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 08:42

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