Humans and Automation: system design and research issues


Human Factors is the application of the scientific methods and data to the design of human–machine interactions. Automation refers instead to the integration of sensors, data processing and decision rules to achieve sophisticated electro-mechanical systems. What tasks are people best at ? Which are instead best handled by machines ? And why ? The well known expert of automation Thomas Sheridan sheds lights on the complex issues which occur when people and their machines interact, providing important principles which can be followed by designers and engineers alike.…


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