Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems

A harrier aircraft above a carrier flight deck.

A Harrier jump-jet hovers above an aircraft carrier deck. Its pilot relies on automated stability systems in order to control the aircraft. (Image is taken from U.S. Navy's Web site.)


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Spring 2004



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Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems discusses elements of the interactions between humans and machines.  These elements include: assignment of roles and authority; tradeoffs between human control and human monitoring; and human intervention in automatic processes.  Further topics comprise: performance, optimization and social implications of the system; enhanced human interfaces; decision aiding; and automated alterting systems.  Topics refer to applications in aerospace, industrial and transportation systems.

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John Hansman, and Missy Cummings. 16.422 Human Supervisory Control of Automated Systems. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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