16.400 | Fall 2011 | Undergraduate

Human Factors Engineering


[PV] = Proctor, Robert W., and Trisha Van Zandt. Human Factors in Simple and Complex Systems. 2nd ed. CRC Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780805841190. [Preview with Google Books]

[DBL] = Dismukes, R. Key, Benjamin A. Berman, and Loukia D. Loukopoulos. The Limits of Expertise: Rethinking Pilot Error and the Causes of Airline Accidents. Ashgate Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9780754649656. [Preview with Google Books]

1 Introduction and vision I Chapters 1, 4 and 5 in [PV]. National Transport Safety Bureau. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., L-1011, N310EA, Miami, Florida, December 29, 1972. Report: AAR73-14, 1973. (PDF - 2.7MB)
2 Vision II Chapter 6 in [PV]. “Delta 554—Undershot Landing at LaGuardia.” Case 18 in [DBL], pp. 233–46.
3 Space bioastronautics Charles, John B., Maneesh Arya, and Craig E. Kundrot. “Use of International Space Station to Simulate Interplanetary Transit: Human Health and Performance Applicability of Current Increment Durations and Extended Durations.” NASA, February 2011. (PDF)  
4 Research methods I Chapter 2 in [PV]. “American 1420—Pressing the Approach.” Case 19 in [DBL], pp. 247–74.
5 Research methods II Bluman, Allan. Chapters 5–9 in Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach. 5th ed. McGraw-Hill, 2003. ISBN: 9780072880717. “Flightcrew-Related Accident Data: Comparison of the 1978–1990 and 1991–2001.” Case 20 in [DBL], pp. 275–88.
6 Vestibular/spatial disorientation   National Transportation Safety Board. NYC99MA178: Brief of Report, 2000. (PDF)
7 Displays

Chapter 8 in [PV].

Chandra, Divya C., Michelle Yeh, Vic Riley, and Susan J. Mangold. Section 2.4 in Human Factors Considerations in the Design and Evaluation of Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs). Version 2. U.S. Office of Aviation Research, September 2003. (choose 3–5 topics to read) (PDF - 3.4MB)

8 Space human factors Hess, Ronald A. “Pilot Control.” Chapter 8 in Principles and Practice of Aviation Psychology. Edited by Pamela S. Tsang and Michael A. Vidulich. CRC Press, 2002, pp. 265–300. ISBN: 9780805833904. Ellis, Stephen R. “Collision in Space.” Ergonomics in Design 8, no. 1 (2000): 4–9.
9 Manual control I   Committee on the Effects of Aircraft-Pilot Coupling on Flight Safety. “Lockheed Martin/Boeing YF-22.” Case 1 in Aviation Safety and Pilot Control. National Academies Press, 1997, pp. 55–9. ISBN: 9780309056885. [Preview with Google Books]
10 Manual control II Jagacinski, Richard J., and John M. Flach. Chapters 13–14 in Control Theory for Humans: Quantiative Approaches to Modeling Perfomance. CRC Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780805822939. “FedEx 14—Pilot-Induced Oscillations in the Landing Flare.” Case 6 in [DBL], pp. 85–94.
11 PIO and Cooper Harper Chapter 3 in [PV]. “Continental 1943—Gear-Up Landing in Houston.” Case 9 in [DBL], pp. 109–30.
12 Handling qualities Chapter 10 in [PV].  
13 Space physiology    
14 Auditory Chapter 7 in [PV]. National Transportation Safety Board. NW Airlines, Inc., Flights 1482 and 299 Runway Incursion and Collision Detroit Metropolitan/Wayne County Airport Romulus, Michigan, December 3, 1990. Report: AAR91-05, 1990. (PDF - 5.8MB)
15 Automaton, situation, awareness

Billings, Charles E. “Issues Concerning Human-Centered Intelligent Systems: What’s “Human-Centered” and What’s the Problem?” Talk by Charles Billings, 1997.

Endsley, Mica R. “Situation Awareness in Aviation Systems.” Chapter 11 in Handbook of Aviation Human Factors. Edited by John A. Wise, V. David Hopkin, and Daniel J. Garland. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999. ISBN: 9780805816808.

“American 903—Loss of Control at Altitude.” Case 15 in [DBL], pp. 197–212.
16 Flight deck automation working group The Interfaces Between Flightcrews and Modern Flight Deck Systems. Human Factors Team, Federal Aviation Administration, June 18, 1996. (PDF) Korean Air Lines Flight 007. Wikipedia.
17 Decision making; FAA regulations Chapter 11 in [PV].  
18 Attention/workload Chapter 9 in [PV]. “American 1572—Accumulation of Small Errors.” Case 3 in [DBL], pp. 37–50.
19 Fatigue/circadian rhythms The Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue. Committee on the Effects of Commuting on Pilot Fatigue, National Research Council, 2011. National Transporation Safety Board. Controlled Flight into Terrain, Korean Air Flight 801. Report: AAR00-01, 1997. (PDF - 3.6MB)
20 Anthropometry/environmental ergonomics Chapters 16–17 in [PV]. “Simmons 3641—Over the Gates and into Forbidden Territory.” Case 16 in [DBL], pp. 213–22.
21 Response selection and control of movement

Chapter 15 in [PV], pp. 341–59 and 367–82.

“American 102—Runway Excursion After Landing.” Case 10 in [DBL], pp. 131–42.
22 Automobile HF Driver Distraction: A Review of the Current State-of-Knowledge. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, April 2008. National Transportation Safety Board. Ford Explorer Sport Collision with Ford Windstar Minivan and Jeep Grand Cherokee on Interstate 95/495 Near Largo, Maryland, February 1, 2002. Report: HAR03-02, 2003.

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