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New Methods for Training Operators Leveraging Advances in Cognitive Science


b.      New Methods for Training Operators Leveraging Advances in Cognitive Science

As the grid has evolved, it has continued to become increasingly complex. At the same time, our reliance on electricity has grown and tolerance for power interruptions have decreased. This means that new operators are entering into an increasingly demanding environment – and may not have much time to learn through trial and experience on the job. Additionally, system operators are facing these new challenges as the workforce is aging – stressing existing operator training norms. New methods or simulators for training system operators are needed to help train the changing workforce. Understanding what system operators require to make informed decisions and analysis, human factors innovation in visualization and decision making can enable more effective training for new operators. Training methods that are able to help the operator learn the uniqueness of the system they will be operating, as opposed to a generic power systems, are needed to meet the growing complexity of the system.


Applications to this subtopic should consider:

·         State of the art of human factors and cognitive science research

·         State of the art visualization methods, including tools not traditionally used in the power sector

·         User training and ease of user experience

·         Multi-sector system training given electricity system interdependences with other sectors (such as natural gas).


Collaboration with power system operators and utility engineers is strongly encouraged.


Questions – Contact: Sandra Jenkins,


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