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Investigation on the impact of human-automation interaction in maritime operations


Pazouki, K and Forbes, N and Norman, RA and Woodward, MD, Investigation on the impact of human-automation interaction in maritime operations, Ocean Engineering: An International Journal of Research and Development, 153, (2018) pp. 297-304. ISSN 0029-8018 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.01.103


The level of automation around the world has grown significantly over the past few decades, and continues to do so. There are many reasons behind this trend, such as safety and potential economic benefits. However, when automation fails or behaves unexpectedly, the impact on the human operator can be severe. In a safety critical operation, such as on the bridge of a ship, the consequences could be catastrophic.

The research presented in this paper aims to improve understanding in this important area of study for the maritime industry. An experiment was conducted to assess the awareness of deck officer cadets in the recognition of a developing emergency situation due to failure of the autopilot. Using the results from this experiment and experiences from the aviation industry, the paper provides a potential strategy to improve automation monitoring and accuracy of situation awareness. This has led to the identification of opportunities to improve human-machine interaction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:automation limitations, human factors, marine technology, maritime operations
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Woodward, MD (Associate Professor Michael Woodward)
ID Code:150736
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2022-06-27
Last Modified:2022-06-29

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