Perceptual control theory approach to human systems analysis


  1. Dahn, D.
  2. Lowdon, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);BAE Systems Canada Inc, Kanata ONT (CAN)
In 1985, the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) initiated the development of processes and tools for conducting Human Factors Engineering (HFE) analyses in support of equipment procurements for the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) and its allies. This included a process and toolset for conducting conceptual-phase analyses in accordance with the requirements of MIL-HDBK-46855 Human Engineering Requirements for Military Systems, Equipment and Facilities. As part of the ongoing evolution of the process and tools, DCIEM developed a method for applying Perceptual Control Theory (PCT) to HFE conceptual-phase analyses. This approach is based on the notion that both humans and machines can be described by a hierarchy of goals and control feedback loops (i.e. an error-correcting system). Assuming PCT proves beneficial, the intention is to incorporate it in the Information Processing (IP) model implemented within the Integrated Performance Modelling Environment (IPME) software for human performance modelling. In support of this development, BAE Systems Canada Inc. was contracted to conduct a proof-of-concept study to evaluate the potential benefits of the PCT process for front-end systems analyses. TRUNCATED

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Perceptual Control Theory;Human Engineering Tools;PCT (Perceptual Control Theory);Human engineering;Hierarchical goal analysis
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-2001-061;BAE-1000-1204 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2000
Number of Pages
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