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Designing for shared situation awareness in rail transport control : Applications for automatic train operations

Kolkman, T.H.J. (2023) Designing for shared situation awareness in rail transport control : Applications for automatic train operations.

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Abstract:This thesis will discuss the use of a User-Centred Design approach to design an interface for Automatic Train Operations, Grade of Automation Level 2 (ATO GoA2), for the Dutch railway traffic management system. The aim is to create an interface that integrates ATO functionalities into the current Traffic Management System whilst supporting the shared situation awareness between railway traffic controllers and rail dispatchers. The present work provides an introduction to situation awareness, shared situation awareness and the importance of these constructs within railway traffic control. A systematic literature review is performed in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. This systematic literature is aimed at finding suitable literature which provides design guidelines for supporting (shared) situation awareness within the context of (railway) traffic control. Outcomes of the systematic literature review include the Ecological Interface Design (EID), Human Centered Design (HCD) and User Centred Design (UCD). The work continues the prototyping process with the UCD process and proceeds to create the first prototype using the user stories provided by ProRail which are part of the ongoing ATO project. These user stories guided the first iteration of the prototype, which was evaluated by means of a focus group, and further refined to create the second iteration. The present work ends by discussing the final iteration and outcomes on shared situation awareness, as well as the merits of using UCD and potential benefits of combining a UCD and EID.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
ProRail B.V., Utrecht, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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