A tentative model for analysis of human-automation interaction in control rooms
Paper in proceedings, 2012

This paper describes a tentative model to analyze work in joint human-automation systems. The tentative model is used to represent known human-automation related problems in a unified way. The out-of-the-loop problem is used as an example in the paper. The present paper has three main objectives; (I) present a tentative model that can characterize work in joint humanautomation systems, (II) show how the tentative model can be used to describe examples of human-automation related problems (III) discuss how the tentative model can be used as a viable tool to understand human-automation interaction. The paper reports an evaluation made by using empirical data from an interview study on turbine automation operation in the nuclear power domain where human-automation related problems were identified. The evaluations show that the tentative model provide useful explanations to how specific automation related problems emerge. These explanations could potentially be generalized into human-automation interface design guidance. Further, it is discussed how the tentative model can be developed into a viable tool for industrial use where limited resources are available for extensive analysis of humanautomation interaction.

Cognitive systems engineering

Human-automation interaction


Cognitive engineering

Control rooms

Human factors engineering


Jonas Andersson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

2012 Proceedings of the ASME 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA2012)

Vol. 2 813-820

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology



Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Human Computer Interaction





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