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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18946

Title: Display Design and Intelligent Automation: Design of an Intelligent Water Monitor Display
Authors: Vary, Beth Alexandra
Advisor: Jamieson, Gregory Allan
Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Keywords: automation
display design
Ecological Interface Design
Cognitive Work Analysis
water monitoring
intelligent automation
usability
Issue Date: 16-Feb-2010
Abstract: In response to growing concerns over the susceptibility of water distribution systems to contamination, this thesis presents the design and evaluation of an ecological display for an intelligent water monitoring system. Work Domain Analysis and Control Task Analysis were used to uncover the information requirements of the display. The work domain model in this thesis is one of a limited number of such models to include a representation of the automation. The resulting ecological display was evaluated in a comparative usability study against an alternative display based on a competitor’s product. Nine certified water operators participated. The displays were compared across three categories of usability measures: effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction. No significant differences were observed. The results, however, helped identify design changes for the display. The implications for the design of intelligent automation displays, and the challenge of designing displays in parallel with early development of automation systems, are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18946
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