Mental workload in command and control teams: Musings on the outputs of EAST and WESTT

Mark S Young, Neville A Stanton, Guy H Walker, Daniel P Jenkins, Paul M Salmon

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    The EAST methodology (Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork) has recently been developed as a means for analyzing command and control scenarios. Its counterpart, the WESTT computer-based analytical prototyping tool (Workload, Error, Situation awareness, Time and Teamwork) allows analysts to visualize, model and measure these command and control networks and activities. Recent studies applying EAST and WESTT to the military domain have led to simplistic inferences about the relative levels of demands during phases of task activity. The present paper takes these inferences a step further, suggesting alternative methods for evaluating mental workload based on human information processing models and network metrics such as latent semantic analysis. Whilst much development work is implied, these analyses offer the possibility not only to quantify mental workload across the network, adding further value to the EAST/WESTT toolkit.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, EPCE 2007, Held as Part of HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007. Proceedings
    EditorsDon Harris
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-73331-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-73330-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - Beijing, China
    Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743


    Conference7th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics
    Abbreviated titleEPCE 2007
    OtherHeld as Part of HCI International 2007

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