Project: AECB 97 — Cognitive Functioning of Control Room Operators - Final Phase

Partner: Atomic Energy Control Board, companion contract with Westinghouse STC
Dates: October 1996 - June 1997
Participants: Vicente, K. J., Burns, C. M.
Collaborator: Randall J. Mumaw and Emilie M. Roth (Westinghouse STC)
Description: This is a continuation of the research performed under project WEC 95. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the validity and generalizability of a preliminary model of operator cognitive monitoring developed in the previous project for the AECB. In this phase, meetings were held with operations staff at Pickering B to obtain feedback from the report we had written for earlier work. In addition, the report was distributed to a number of operators and their comments were recorded. Additional data were collected at Pickering B by observing control operator monitoring activities over a total of approximately 65 hours. The results obtained from these activities indicate that the contents of our previous report are generalizable across operators. Moreover, additional insights were uncovered which have important implications for a revised model of operator cognitive monitoring.
Publications:

View PDF Vicente, K.J., Mumaw, R.J., & Roth, E.M. (1997). Cognitive functioning of control room operators: Final phase. (CEL 97-01). University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

Burns, C. M. "Space-time display integration can mean better diagnoses: (Even with a very cluttered display!)." Proceedings of the Human Factors Association of Canada Annual Meeting, pp. 285-290, 1998.

View PDF Vicente, K. J., Mumaw, R. J., & Roth, E. M. "More about operator monitoring under normal operations: The role of workload regulation and the impact of control room technology," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, pp. 229-233, 1998.

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