Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, our presenter for the upcoming CapCHI Event scheduled for February 17, 2015, has had to reschedule his presentation until April 21, 2015. All other details will remain the same and we hope that you will be available to join us in two months time.
In the meantime, we will be hosting a new event on February 24th, also at The Fox & Feather, titled “Relevant Social Media“. You can read more and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Following up on last year’s exciting presentation on the integrated soldier system, CAE’s Tab Lamoureux is returning to give us the ins and outs of command and control systems in our next event: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Large Command and Control Systems.
Date: Tuesday February 17th, 2015
Time: doors open at 6:00 pm; debate begins at 6:30 pm
Place: The upstairs room at The Fox & Feather Pub and Grill, located at 283 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON, Canada (foxandfeather.ca).
Registration (Free!): We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend: http://bit.ly/1BkZgF4
Command and Control (C2) represents a significant challenge to the Human Factors specialist. While many of us are concerned with the design of ‘things’ to carry out ‘tasks’, C2 represents the collaborative activities of a distributed team with a variety of skills and roles at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. Typically, C2 is concerned with the development and maintenance of Situation Awareness to support decision making by the commander. As such, the commander receives all his information and affects the outcome by indirect means.
Challenges facing the HF specialist are many and varied. They can include problems inherent with the new technologies being integrated into C2 organisations, such as information overload due to the proliferation of sensors, to the propensity of high-level commanders to start micro-managing soldiers, sailors and pilots because they know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. They can also include the procurement processes adopted by the Department of National Defence (DND) which reward a single supplier and thereby encourage lowest-cost compliance and engineering-centric solutions, rather than adopting a market-driven, user-centred process that leads to innovation and effective human-system partnerships.
This talk will discuss some of the issues facing the HF specialist when working on C2 systems. With examples from air traffic control, Naval, Army, Air, and Joint C2 and covering the spectrum of the system design lifecycle from analysis through design to test and evaluation Tab will describe his experiences and what he currently believes his ‘go-to’ solutions are. Until the next project anyway…
Tab Lamoureux is a senior consultant at CAE Integrated Enterprise Solutions and has over 20 years experience in Human Factors and Human-Systems Integration in complex, dynamic systems such as air traffic control, command and control sensor-weapons systems, and nuclear power generation. Tab’s work has taken him around the world and provided him the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of operators in a variety of settings. Tab is currently involved in projects supporting naval gunfire support to army forces ashore, the replacement maritime helicopter, and the development of a simulation training centre for emergency management.
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There will be free appetizers and our partners at The Fox & Feather will provide attendees with a 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.
CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.