Accession Number:

ADA464108

Title:

A Survey and Comparison of Human Monitoring of Complex Networks

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN NATIONAL CENTER FOR SUPERCOMPUTING APPLICATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Networks of different types are essential infrastructures for society. Networks such as transportation networks and the electric power grid are becoming increasingly large and complex which create special challenges for human operators who must monitor these networks for safe operation. It is important to understand how human operators monitor these networks and the challenges they face in the monitoring task. In order to do this, we conducted a survey of how human operators monitor various networks water distribution networks, electric power grid, air traffic control, and nuclear power plant networks. From our survey in these specific extensively-studied networks, we are able to generalize the challenges of operators monitoring networks. The hope is that these results will provide human factors engineers with a better understanding so they can cater to the needs of the human operators when designing new interfaces for network monitoring tasks.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Computer Systems
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE