Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Human Performance Models and Engineering Design
Prof. Greg Jamieson, U of T Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
12 noon – 1:30pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Human factors researchers sometimes posit models of human performance that systems designers are encouraged to adopt to inform their decisions. One would expect that such models are carefully constructed and validated, and that designers would select and apply them judiciously — especially when creating high-consequence systems. Regrettably this is not always the case.
The so-called Lumberjack Model of human performance under varying degrees of automation serves as a useful example for understanding how such models are conceived, validated, promoted, and adopted for engineering design (or not). Hopefully this will foster a vibrant discussion about how psychologists and engineers can collaborate to produce more useful design tools.
Greg A. Jamieson is a Professor and Clarice Chalmers Chair of Engineering Design in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Psychology (with Distinction) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Masters of Applied Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Toronto. He directs the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory, which conducts applied human factors engineering research in the natural resource and energy industries.
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