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Frequency of use the first step toward human-centred interfaces for marine navigation systems


Vu, VD and Lutzhoft, M and Emad, GR, Frequency of use - the first step toward human-centred interfaces for marine navigation systems, Journal of Navigation, 72, (5) pp. 1089-1107. ISSN 0373-4633 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright The Royal Institute of Navigation 2019

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0373463319000183


This article presents research on how frequently seafarers utilise functions and information available on an Integrated Navigation System to perform navigation duties. Using an online questionnaire, the study collected data from 601 members of the global seafaring community. The results provide an overview of the frequency of use for each feature, together with factors affecting the use and associated usability issues. The study finds that the use of navigation equipment is situation-dependent and affected by administrative factors, experience and professional habits, characteristics of the sailing area, traffic conditions, weather conditions, ship management factors and geographical location. Additionally, information overload, particularly with overlay and alert management functions, was found to be the major issue with existing systems. The findings of this study can be applied to improve menu tree structure, display layout, and interaction methods on the interface of navigation systems, such as making frequently-used features more readily available or easier to access.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marine navigation sytems, human machine interface, human element, human centred designd
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Vu, VD (Mr Viet Dung Vu)
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
UTAS Author:Emad, GR (Dr Reza Emad)
ID Code:136296
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2019-12-12
Last Modified:2020-05-05

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