Human Error Modeling

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$745,164.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-05-C-R151
Award Id:
74271
Agency Tracking Number:
02SB1-0331
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3600 Green Court Suite 600, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
009485124
Principal Investigator:
Scott Wood
Senior Scientist
(734) 327-8000
swood@soartech.com
Business Contact:
James Rosbe
President
(734) 327-8000
rosbe@soartech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Under this Phase II Small Business Innovative Research contract, we propose to develop a human-error modeling tool, EGLEAN, that can be used by designers and engineers early in the design process to identify likely causes of human error and engineer them out of the system. EGLEAN will combine the strengths of an accurate high-fidelity model of human performance with a simple behavior description language for hierarchical task decomposition and a usable developer interface. EGLEAN will facilitate rapid modeling and analysis of interface candidates in complex team environments, allowing a broader exploration of the design space and a deeper understanding of the design tradeoffs than possible in typical development processes. EGLEAN will result in lower development and operational costs for resulting designs, and safer, more effective, and more error-tolerant systems. Although some tools exist for analyzing designs for usability, and techniques exist for identifying human error, no tool or associated technique exists that is easy enough to be used by normal engineers on a regular basis. If successful, this work will represent a significant innovation in the areas of human-system interaction and error-tolerant design.

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