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Applying ergonomics within the multi-modelling paradigm with an example from multiple UAV control

Lookup NU author(s): Dr David GolightlyORCiD, Dr Carl Gamble, Professor Roberto Palacin, Dr Ken Pierce



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor & Francis, 2020.

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This paper presents a position statement on using ergonomics in conjunction with the multi-modelling paradigm. Multi-modelling is a computational approach to combine models of systems and components for design and simulation of Cyber Physical Systems and Systems of Systems. Despite potentially significant benefits in terms of more human-centric system modelling there is limited evidence of the application of ergonomics within multi-modelling. This paper presents the case for applying ergonomics within multi-modelling. We open with an introduction to multi-modelling and benefits, applications and gaps for ergonomics in multi-modelling, and of potentially useful models from ergonomics. We then describe a proof-of-concept implementation of ergonomics within a multi-model of UAV control. This demonstrates that as well as user-centred modelling, this approach supports ergonomics in how we can access rich systems models, and the collaborative value of applying ergonomics theory in systems design.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Golightly D, Gamble C, Palacin R, Pierce K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ergonomics

Year: 2020

Volume: 63

Issue: 8

Pages: 1027-1043

Online publication date: 29/01/2020

Acceptance date: 15/01/2020

Date deposited: 16/01/2020

ISSN (print): 0014-0139

ISSN (electronic): 1366-5847

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2020.1723683


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