Project: SIM 06 — Guiding Simulator Fidelity and Design with Cognitive Work Analysis

Partner: NSERC
Dates: October 2006 - September 2007
Participants: Jamieson, G., Hilliard, A.
Description: The microcomputer revolution of the 1980s allowed economical development of simulations for a wide range of domains. While classical stimulus-response representations are simplified to eliminate many phenomena of interest, conventional high-fidelity simulations of complex systems can produce very difficult to interpret results. Abstract ‘microworlds’ such as DURESS II have shown some of the strengths of both extremes and have been widely used for human factors research. Recently, a need has been identified for a theoretical framework to guide the design of simulators, the selection of appropriate levels of fidelity, and the generation of useful simulated scenarios. This project generalizes from successful applications of Cognitive Work Analysis to military training simulators (Naikar 2002) and provides a theoretical basis for applying analysis results to design.
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