Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Meets: Situational awareness

Hey folks,

Today we met to discuss the paper we never got to last time, the paper on Endsley re situational awareness:

Toward a Theory of Situation Awareness in Dynamic Systems. Endsley, Mica R. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Volume 37, Number 1, March 1995 , pp. 32-64(33).

We made a few observations in the process:
  • Endsley's definition embedded awareness inside a task context (e.g. flying a plane). Our own interest in awareness, and that of viz, does not seem so focussed on this.
  • There was a figure there that pretty much summarized Endsley's model.
  • Endsley emphasized the constraints of attention and working memory. Two workarounds were long term memory (for analogies and schema matching), and automaticity (through training).
We met this Tuesday because we couldn't meet last Thursday, and because I will be away this Thursday with more travel.

Until Thursday next week,

Ben.

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