The alarm system and a possible way forward
Paper i proceeding, 2012

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. The aim is also to show some general design ideas to improve alarm presentation in process descriptions. Using research results from situation awareness and 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 their mental models and situational awareness. Furthermore a recommendation is to design alarm systems that can learn from experience.

Alarm systems

dynamic decision making

process control

complex systems


Håkan Alm

Luleå tekniska universitet

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors


1051-9815 (ISSN)

Vol. 41 Supplement 1/ 2012 2840-2844

IEA 2012: 18th World congress on Ergonomics - Designing a sustainable future
Recife, Brazil,


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik




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