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Technical Evaluation Report

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On 7-9 October 2002, more than 100 NATO, Partnership for Peace, and Non-NATO nationals from 22 countries met in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss the role of humans in intelligent and automated systems. Sponsored by the Human Factors and Medicine Panel of the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations Research and Technology Organization, the symposium participants discussed how automation technology can take advantage of human strengths and compensate for human weaknesses and vice versa. Participants discussed how to harmonize the interactions of humans with automated and semi-automated systems to increase overall mission performance. They outlined recommendations for development of human-centered automation in military environments, addressing key areas such as providing levels of automation that are appropriate to levels of risk, examining procedures for recovery from emergencies, and ensuring human control of automation. The Symposium, co-chaired by Dr. N. Gershon USA and Dr. K. Boff USA, consisted of an Opening Session, three sessions on design philosophy, two sessions and a roundtable discussion on design methodology, two sessions on design evaluation, and a Capstone Panel with open discussion. Six Keynote Addresses were interspersed throughout the program. In total, 18 papers were presented and 5 poster papers were available for review. This technical evaluation is divided into three parts. The first part is an overview of the problem as presented in the Opening Session and by the Keynote Speakers throughout the Symposium. The second part reviews the content discussed in each of the sessions design philosophy, methodology, and evaluation. The point is not to provide a summary of each paper these appear elsewhere in the volume, but to point out the relevance of each paper to the problem statement. The final part of this report evaluates the content presented throughout all sessions and concludes with recommendations for action that emerged during the Symposium. 7

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  • Flight Control and Instrumentation
  • Administration and Management
  • Cybernetics
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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