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Does this interface make my sensor look bad? Basic principles for designing usable, useful interfaces for sensor technology operators
Author(s): Laura A. McNamara; Leif Berg; Karin Butler; Laura Klein
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Paper Abstract

Even as remote sensing technology has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past decade, the remote sensing community lacks interfaces and interaction models that facilitate effective human operation of our sensor platforms. Interfaces that make great sense to electrical engineers and flight test crews can be anxiety-inducing to operational users who lack professional experience in the design and testing of sophisticated remote sensing platforms. In this paper, we reflect on an 18-month collaboration which our Sandia National Laboratory research team partnered with an industry software team to identify and fix critical issues in a widely-used sensor interface. Drawing on basic principles from cognitive and perceptual psychology and interaction design, we provide simple, easily learned guidance for minimizing common barriers to system learnability, memorability, and user engagement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10190, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR VIII, 101900O (4 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2266890
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Laura A. McNamara, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Leif Berg, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Karin Butler, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Laura Klein, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10190:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR VIII
Tien Pham; Michael A. Kolodny, Editor(s)

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