Developments in predictive displays for discrete and continuous tasks
thesisposted on 18.09.2018, 15:06 authored by Peter J. Goillau
The plan of the thesis is as follows: The introductory chapters review the literature pertaining to human prediction and predictive control models (Chapter 1), and to engineering aspects of predictive displays (Chapter 2). Chapter 3 describes a fundamental study of predictive display parameters in a laboratory scheduling task, Chapter 4 attempts to verify these findings using test data from an actual job shop scheduling problem. Chapter 5 branches into the area of continuous control with a pilot study of predictive displays in a laboratory simulated continuous stirred-tank chemical reactor. Chapter 6 uses the experience gained in the pilot study as the basis for a comprehensive study of predictive display parameters in a further laboratory study of a simplified dual-meter monitoring and control task, and Chapter 7 attempts to test the optimal design in a part-simulated semi-batch chemical reactor using real plant and experienced operators in an industrial setting. The results of the experimental programme are summarized for convenience in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 draws together the threads from the various experiments and discusses the findings in terms of a general hierarchical model of an operator's control and monitoring behaviour. Finally, Chapter 10 presents conclusions and recommendations from the programme of research, together with suggestions for further work.
SRC CASE (Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering) research studentship.