|Organizer: IEEE Toronto Section, IEEE Engineering & Human
|Title: Coupling People And Technology In
Kim J. Vicente
Cognitive Engineering Laboratory
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
Ecological interface design (EID) is a theoretical framework for designing human-computer interfaces for complex sociotechnical systems. Its primary aim is to support knowledge workers in adapting to change and novelty. This literature review shows that, under situations requiring problem solving, EID improves performance compared to current design approaches in industry. EID has been applied to industry-scale problems in a broad variety of application domains (e.g., process control, aviation, computer network management, software engineering, medicine, command and control, and information retrieval), and has consistently led to the identification of new information requirements. An experimental evaluation of EID using a full-fidelity simulator with professional workers has yet to be conducted, although some are planned. Several significant challenges remain as obstacles to the confident use of EID in industry. Promising paths for addressing these outstanding issues are identified. Actual or potential applications of this research include improving the safety and productivity of complex sociotechnical systems.
|Background of the speaker:|
Kim J. Vicente received a Ph.D. (1991) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, founding director of the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory there, and a licensed professional engineer in Ontario. In 1999, he was chosen by TIME Magazine as one of 25 Canadians under the age of 40 who is a "Leader for the 21st Century who will shape Canada's future".
|Time and Location: |
Date: March 21, 2002,
Location: Mechanical Engineering Building (MC)
5 King's College Road
Clarice Chalmers Conference
Room, Room 331.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
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