In January 2015, the Gordon Center for Systems Engineering at the Technion conducted its Annual meeting. This year the meeting was dedicated to Human Factors and how it is relevant to system design.
During this day, lectures focused on the importance of integrating human factors into systems design. Two communities: human factors practitioners and researchers and system engineers from leading Industries in Israel had the opportunity to interact and learn. Clearly there is a need for better integration of the human factors engineering discipline in product and project development
I gave a lecture on my on going research with US Army Research Lab (HRED) which is focused on the design of display devices for dismounted soldiers. Dismounted soldiers are the most vulnerable elements of combat and it is a challenge to design display devices that will enhance their performance without harming their awareness to their immediate environment (i.e., to to improve soldiers’ situation awareness and increase the level of coordination among them and with other elements without harming combat performance). This type of design requires an examination of how information is distributed among the various ground and air forces, and on how information is distributed within the various echelons in the field.
Deciding on the type of information to be displayed, whether warnings or alerts, or more detailed video feed derived from unmanned systems is crucial. Furthermore, the area of operation and the tempo of events may also dictate the needed content. The challenge is to find the right balance between the amount and type of information provided, while avoiding distraction and harming combat readiness.
A short review (in Hebrew) is available on the Iltam website