There is a growing concern that modern glass cockpits in aircraft induce information overload. This is sometimes thought to be an inevitable result of the increased complexity and need for automation accompanying the transition to high technology. The authors argue in this paper that the human performance problems created by glass cockpits are not an unavoidable consequence of increased hardware complexity or automation but, instead, are a result of nonfunctional design that increases complexity at the cockpit interface. The essential danger with computerized interfaces is that many physical design constraints are removed and designers are permitted unheralded opportunities for new information and control formats. Low technology forces the use of functional properties at the interface, but computer technology does not. However, computer technology does not preclude functional design. Computer technology may offer far broader opportunities for functional design by releasing designers from many physical constraints. In this paper, the concept of functional interface design is explained and ways in which it might enable the use of high technology and automation in the service of robust and cognitively economical action in an aircraft cockpit are outlined.

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    Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Lintern, G
    • Waite, T
    • Talleur, D A
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00794590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2000 12:00AM