Understanding the Impact of Rail Automation

  • Sarah Sharples
  • Nora Balfe
  • David Golightly
  • Laura Millen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5639)


Over the past ten a number of studies have been conducted to understand the way in which rail signalling operations are completed. This paper reviews some of the themes that have emerged from this body of work and considers two principal questions – firstly, how should we apply human factors methods to develop our understanding of the impact of automation and secondly, how can we link the data we have collected from the rail work to theoretical concepts that will help us to design future automation systems?


automation rail workload observation simulation performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Sharples
    • 1
  • Nora Balfe
    • 1
  • David Golightly
    • 1
  • Laura Millen
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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