The alarm problem – The real problem?
Paper i proceeding, 2011

The aim of this paper is to make a review of studies concerning problems with alarm systems and to make a theoretical analysis of these problems. Using research results from dynamic decision making a number of suggestions for further development of alarm systems are presented. Recommendations include providing operators of complex systems feedback that can support mental models and situational awareness. Furthermore a recommendation is to design alarm systems that can learn from experience.

complex systems

process control

Alarm systems

dynamic decision making


Håkan Alm

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Proceedings Nordic Ergonomic Society (NES) Conference 2011, Sept 19-21, Oulu, Finland


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