Human Performance (Limitations) - State of the Art/Literature review

25 Apr 2010 - 2:54pm
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Karl Proctor

Hi Guys,

I'm just coming to the end of my first year in my Phd (in Human Factors) and as many of us have probably done, I have to write a report concerning the current state of the art, which will also serve as the first chapter of my future thesis.  I've done the usual trawling on google and journal sites and found some useful stuff, but was wondering what you guys in industry have found too, either from your own personal or company research and also from your own searches on the web.

The general part of the report is going to look at human performance limitations in general, but I eventually want the report to focus on vigilance and performance in specific areas (which will hopefully be my final research areas), such as; airport X-ray scanner operators (for carry-on luggage), CCTV centre operators (how can they monitor several hundred images from cameras), radar operators, and a few more...Also, what methods are used to 'control' or overcome these limitations; are tasks automated somehow and the operator alerted to an anomaly (for example in the London underground the CCTV system is apparently designed to spot potential suicidal or suspicious individuals by 'watching' how many trains pass by without them getting on)...

Thanks in advance for your comments and help!!



26 Apr 2010 - 11:24am
Doug Anderson

Hi Karl,

In our session last month the Human Factors discussion group here at work discussed vigilance in the context of patient monitoring and audible alerts. Fascinating topic with some wicked design conundrums. Feel free to contact me directly for a few references & other bits (anderson dot douglas at mayo dot edu).

All the best with your research & synthesis!


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