Maritime Information Warfare Task Characterization Framework


  1. Baker, K.
  2. Banbury, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);C3 Human Factors Consulting Inc., Quebec QC (CAN)
This report describes the development of an Operator Task Characterisation Framework for Maritime Information Warfare (MIW) Operations and presents the resulting framework. The main objective of this work was to develop a framework for characterizing common tasks for operators that are engaged in MIW. This framework enables the creation of an operator task repository which supports other planned research activities in the MIW project. A preliminary list of task characterisation attributes for the framework was created and then validated through a web-based survey and interviews with members of the MIW research community. The attributes were organized according to nine categories: General, Physical, Cognitive, Communication, Training, Error, Automation and Decision Support, Operator Machine Interface, and Evaluation and Experimentation. In addition to validating the task characterisation attributes, the survey and interviews allowed the research team to develop an understanding of MIW project analytical requirements, Human Factors analysis constraints, and future MIW Operations. The Task Characterisation Framework was then developed based on the following three components: 1.A definitive list of task characteristic attributes that are applicable to the MIW project; 2.A hybrid analytical technique, based on three commonly-used task analysis techniques,to elicit knowledge from suitable SMEs in order to assist the analyst gain a sufficientunderstanding of the operator’s work ac
task characterization framework;maritime information warfare;human factors
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-C108 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Jun 2015
Number of Pages
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