System Ergonomics as a Basic Approach to Man-Machine Systems Design

  • Bernhard Döring
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 25)


With respect to machine components of current industrial and military systems, e.g. with nuclear power plants, modern ships and aircrafts, or modern weapon systems, two quite recent trends have become noticable: increasing system complexity and increasing use of automation, usually resulting from the application of computers. Consequently, the computer is sharing key functions with the man. This in turn changes the nature of tasks which have to be performed by the human operators of those systems. Instead of predominantly perceptual-motor tasks which personnel had to perform previously, operators now are increasingly involved with monitoring, management and decision tasks (Vossel et al., 1977).


Machine Component Function Allocation System Development Process System Life Cycle Ergonomic Design 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard Döring
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  1. 1.Forschungsinstitut für AnthropotechnikWachtberg-WerthhovenGermany

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