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NASA's Human Systems Integration Division is one of the world's leading research organizations in the area of human factors research. We have been advancing human-centered design and operations of complex aerospace systems for over 30 years, providing NASA and the World with innovative solutions to a wide variety of aerospace needs.  
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The Windows of Visibility   (Jan 29, 2009)
Andrew B. Watson, Ph.D. - Senior Scientist for Vision Research
   
Icon Image As our primary means of gathering information from the world, visual perception is a natural focus of human factors concern. In space and aviation, this is especially true, as humans attempt to navigate through complex and dangerous environments, aided by direct vision and by visual displays. But after four centuries of scientific research, vision is still a complex little understood process. Are there simple principles of vision that we can extract that will be useful in understanding human performance... Click to Read More

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Human-Automation Teaming on Next-Generation Spacecraft   (Jan 29, 2009)
Robert S. McCann, Ph.D. - Group Lead, Intelligent Spacecraft Interface Systems Laboratory
   
Icon Image The sleek exterior of a human-rated spacecraft gives little hint to the very complex (and often interconnected) guidance and navigation systems, propulsion systems, electrical and mechanical power generation and delivery systems, command and data processing systems, communication systems, and environmental control and life support systems that lie within. Operating a spacecraft is thus a combination of familiar flight-related activities, such as docking with another orbital vehicle, and less well-known systems-management activities, such as diagnosing and recovering from mechanical faults and failures... Click to Read More

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Video Quality in Public Safety   (May 21, 2010)
Andrew B. Watson, Ph.D. - Senior Scientist for Vision Research
   
Compressed gun image Workers in public safety - police, firefighters, homeland security personnel, NASA safety officials - often make use of video systems to monitor the environment or to document their activities. Whatever the purpose, the quality of the captured imagery is of paramount importance. In this note, we provide a brief, non-technical human factors perspective on some of the issues that determine video quality in public safety applications... Click to Read More

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