Value Focused Thinking: Guided C2 System Interface Design
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE
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Interfaces, from displays for command and control to screens for military intelligence analysts, are the gateways to the underlying software technology. Despite how state-of-the-art and sophisticated the underlying algorithms are, if the interface does not address the user s critical functions, the software capabilities will be underutilized. Therefore, design of the interface is critical to ensure the user has the right information displayed at the right time in the right way. Meeting this goal within project constraints is a challenge. Therefore, a framework is needed to guide development so that resources can be focused on the most relevant aspects of the interface development. Value Focused Thinking VFT provides an objective methodology that is well suited for handling multiobjective problems such as interface design. In this paper, the VFT methodology will be described and a specific VFT hierarchy that was developed with the Air Force Research Laboratory will be explained. Discussions show that VFT can be more generally applied to gain understanding for Command and Control C2- specific software development and that the described research can be used for guiding the development of software tools for C2 functions.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Command, Control and Communications Systems