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Ongoing research at JRC-Ispra on the simulation of man-machine interaction is reviewed, with particular reference to past experience of system modelling and to the advances of the technological world. These require the coalescence of mixed disciplines covering the fields of engineering, psychology and sociology. The complexity of man-machine systems with respect to safety analysis is depicted. The developments and issues identified in modelling humans and machines are discussed. The possibility of combining them through the System Response Analyser (SRA) methodology is presented as a balanced approach to be applied when the objective is the study of safety of systems during abnormal sequences. The three analytical tools which constitute the body of SRA - a quasi-classical simulation of the actual plant, a cognitive model of the operator activities and a driver model - are described.

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Authors: CACCIABUE P C, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Seminar on the Commission Contribution to Reactor Safety Research, Varese (IT), Nov. 20-24, 1989
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 35180 ORA
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