Software ergonomics for real-time systems

  • Andreas M. Heinecke
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 733)


Software Ergonomics mostly deal with office applications. In order to determine whether results obtained by studies of office systems can be transferred to real-time systems the differences between these classes of applications have to be analysed. The crucial factor is timeliness: in process control it puts demands not only on the response time of the system, but also on that of the user. In order to avoid mental overload, an adequate amount of data has to be displayed at the right time. Combining an action-oriented model of the operator in process control with a model of user interfaces we obtain a framework for the design of ergonomical user interfaces in real-time man-machine systems.


Software ergonomics user interfaces process control realtime systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas M. Heinecke
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  1. 1.FB Informatik/ANTUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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