Project: AECB96 — Cognitive Functioning of Control Rooms Operators During Normal Plant Operating Conditions

Partner: Atomic Energy Control Board, companion contract with Westinghouse STC
Dates: January 1996 - May 1996
Participants: Vicente, K. J., Burns, C. M.
Collaborator: Randall J. Mumaw and Emilie M. Roth (Westinghouse STC)
Description: This project was 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.

Roth, E. M., Mumaw, R. J., Vicente, K. J., & Burns, C. M., "Operator monitoring during normal operations: Vigilance or problem-solving" Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Meeting, pp. 158-162, 1997.

Vicente, K. J., Mumaw, R. J., Roth, E. M., & Burns, C. M., "A field study of operator monitoring: Strategies for adapting control room technology," Proceedings of Cognitive Systems Engineering in Process Control '96, pp. 222-229, 1996.

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