Describing the Human in Models for Systems Design

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Authors
  1. Hendy, K.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Raises some general issues related to the gap which is perceived to exist between the human factors knowledge base and engineering design, particularly when dealing with decision making during the earliest stages of system development. The contribution of modelling to bridging this gap is discussed, as are problems associated with incorporating human factors knowledge into the type of computational models favoured by the engineering and operations research (OR) communities. Despite well recognized difficulties, a number of areas where this gap has been bridged successfully can be cited. A particular example where human factors knowledge has been incorporated into a computational model, borrowed from the OR and industrial engineering worlds, is discussed in detail. The model, called LOCATE, is the heart of a computer-aided design tool intended for a class of workspace layout problems where the emergent properties due to human capabilities and characteristics can dominate system performance.
Report Number
DCIEM-93-07 —
Date of publication
01 Feb 1993
Number of Pages
20
DSTKIM No
93-02668
CANDIS No
129415
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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