Accession Number : ADA511419


Title :   An Empirical Methodology for Engineering Human Systems Integration


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : Hardman, Nicholas S.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA511419


Report Date : DEC 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 249


Abstract : The systems engineering technical processes are not sufficiently supported by methods and tools that quantitatively integrate human considerations into early system design. Because of this, engineers must often rely on qualitative judgments or delay critical decisions until late in the system lifecycle. Studies reveal that this is likely to result in cost, schedule, and performance consequences. This dissertation presents a methodology to improve the application of systems engineering technical processes for design. This methodology is mathematically rigorous, is grounded in relevant theory, and applies extant human subjects data to critical systems development challenges. The methodology is expressed in four methods that support early systems engineering activities: a requirements elicitation method, a function allocation method, an input device design method, and a display layout design method. These form a coherent approach to early system development. Each method is separately discussed and demonstrated using a prototypical system development program. In total, this original and significant work has a broad range of systems engineer applicability to improve the engineering of human systems integration.


Descriptors :   *MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS , *MAN COMPUTER INTERFACE , *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , DISPLAY SYSTEMS , INTEGRATION , THESES , AUTOMATION , METHODOLOGY , HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING


Subject Categories : HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING & MAN MACHINE SYSTEM


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE