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Integrating Cognitive Science into Software Systems Development: Developing a User Interface for Fighter Control
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this thesis was to integrate cognitive science into an existing organization of software systems development, and to display the benefits and importance of applying the theory and methodology of this interdisciplinary field onto this type of research. This was to be accomplished through participating in a project at ISD Datasystem AB, with the objective to investigate and develop new principles of man - machine interaction for fighter control, and build an appropriate workstation prototype. The participation spanned across the first iteration of the project’s development cycle, specified in accordance to the Rational Unified Process. A field study was conducted and several LoFi-prototypes of the graphical and physical man - machine interface (MMI) were made, as well as an evaluation of the developed prototype. The evaluation was performed with the help of end-users, who valuated the prototype in an inquiry and an interview after having performed a scenario interacting with it. The results showed that the prototype’s usability was highly valuated by the users.Data collected during the evaluation could also be used to guide further development of the prototype. The theoretical research and the empirical work in the project both showed that cognitive science is a valuable, and perhaps, an indispensable asset to software systems development, and that the knowledge and tools of cognitive science can be used in order to develop computer systems that are to be integrated in distributed man -machine systems of high complexity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för datavetenskap , 2004.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary studies, Cognitive engineering, Usability, Interface design, Command and Control
Keyword [sv]
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2494ISRN: LIU-KOGVET-D--04/16--SEOAI: diva2:19827
Available from: 2004-10-14 Created: 2004-10-14

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