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International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics


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International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (3 papers in press)


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  • Human-machine interaction and health at work: a Scoping Review   Order a copy of this article
    by Swantje Robelski, Sascha Wischniewski 
    Abstract: Human-machine interaction (HMI) in industrial work processes has been an important topic during the last decades, but the latest technological developments such, as for example, cyber-physical systems and increasingly shorter innovation cycles in this field pose new challenges to the design of human-machine systems and highlight the enduring importance of the subject. This paper presents the main results of a review on human-machine interaction and health at industrial workplaces using the scoping review methodology. The review prepared is based on 102 studies covering aspects of function allocation, interface and interaction design, as well as operation and supervision of systems. Results of the review process and on function allocation, in particular, as an important feature of human-machine interaction are discussed in detail. The results show that mainly aspects of well-being and performance are discussed in literature within the context of function allocation. Furthermore, the scoping review reveals a research need for human-machine interaction and mental health at work as well as a need for more comparable research designs.
    Keywords: Human-machine interaction; function allocation; health; performance; scoping review.

  • No tendency for human operators to agree with automation whose response bias matches their own   Order a copy of this article
    by Megan Bartlett, Jason McCarley 
    Abstract: Evidence suggests that false alarm-prone decision aids can engender stronger disuse than miss-prone aids, even when automation false alarms and misses are matched in perceptual characteristics. The present experiment sought to replicate this effect, and examine whether it reflects a tendency for operators to agree with automation whose response bias matches their own. Participants performed a simulated baggage screening task, alone or with assistance from an automated decision aid prone either to misses or false alarms. A point system encouraged participants themselves to adopt either a conservative, liberal, or neutral response bias. Target-present responses were faster from participants assisted by the miss-prone aid than from participants assisted by the false alarm-prone aid, regardless of the human operators response bias. Neither response times nor accuracy rates, however, showed evidence of a generalized asymmetry in the effects of automation false alarms and misses.
    Keywords: automation; human operator; use; agreement; trust; baggage screening; decision making; bias; payoffs; signal detection theory.

  • Ergonomic Evaluation of Cumulative Trauma Disorders among Female Carpet Weavers in India: Guidelines to an Affective Sustainability in Work System Design   Order a copy of this article
    by Ashish Kumar Singh, Makkhan Lal Meena, Himanshu Chaudhary, Govind Sharan Dangayach 
    Abstract: The development of cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) is the most common problem among the female weavers in hand woven carpet industry. The main idea of this paper is shedding light on the problems encountered during hand weaving and investigating the body and palmar regions that are most affected. This article establishes the guidelines to develop ergonomic design of hand tools for carpet weaving. Seventy-nine randomly selected female weavers were surveyed and the data about pain occurring in body and palmar regions were collected by questionnaire. Strain Index (SI) technique was used to identify the postural risks during weaving. Grip strength tests were conducted to assess the change in static muscle strength during the weaving activity. Most of the participants reported discomfort in different body and palmar regions. It was noticeable that there was a significant difference between the physical and physiological factors before and after weaving (p<0.05). SI priority scores revealed that the working posture during carpet weaving requires necessary action and hand tools should be redesigned. As the main outcomes, this study assesses the ergonomic aspects and proposes certain guidelines to design ergonomically efficient work system that may reduce the symptoms of CTD among weavers. This was the first study of its kind to provide palmar surface discomfort regions and assess static muscle strength in weaving profession.
    Keywords: cumulative trauma disorders; carpal tunnel syndrome; carpet weaving; static muscle strength; physiological factors; work system guidelines; strain index (SI).