Testbed for Intelligent Aiding Using the LOCATE Workspace Layout Tool - Final Report


  1. Edwards, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Artificial Intelligence Management and Development Corp, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The purpose of the work reported here was to develop generalizable principles and techniques for intelligent aiding useful to projects developed at Canada's Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM). In realizing that purpose, the principles and techniques of intelligent aiding implemented in DCIEM's LOCATE Workspace Layout Tool were combined with other, similar principles and techniques from related areas of research. LOCATE is a CAD tool that allows users to create designs and analyze their communication efficiency. the LOCATE tool is serving as the focus for discussion, design and implementation in an emerging testbed for elaborating ideas on intelligent aiding. Earlier work on building an infrastructure to support such aiding in LOCATE was extended so that the tracking of all low-level user actions is now complete, as is the ability of LOCATE to infer the goals those actions might imply. Further extensions included the identification and elaboration of categories of actions that imply a need for help. A category of "Non-Responsive Actions", or actions for which there is no system response, was selected for implementation. Help was designed and implemented, first of all, to inform users that such actions produce no response and second, to identify and help users achieve whatever goal(s) they may have had in mind when they performed those actions. TRUNCATED
Human Engineering Tools;Human Factors Engineering Tools;Human modeling;Workspace design;Workspace layout;Computer programs (LOCATE);Facility layout;Intelligent Help;Usability;Workstations
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2000-029;AIM-AC201 — Contractor Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 Nov 1999
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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