Affordance table: Towards a more intuitive control room

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    The main task of operators in the modern nuclear power station is to monitor and control the processes related to power production and safety. Even though the operators’ main tasks remain the same the ongoing process to move from analog panel based humansystem interface to digital instrumentations is expected to have an influence to operators’ work practices. In order to efficiently support operators’ tasks the humansystem interface should, e.g., support awareness of the process and collaboration with different stakeholders. In a Finnish project, Novel Affordances of Smart Environments, the aim is to develop novel interaction concepts and a prototype for more efficient and effective operation of complex industrial processes. The central element in this project is “Affordance Table”, which is a metaphor for new kind of collaborative interaction ecology that benefits from innovative technological platform for human activity. In the present paper we first present a conceptual model and definition of “Affordance Table” based on James Gibson’s ecological theory. After that, suggestions are made for a combination of smart tools to be applied for supporting the monitoring and control of the power process in the future smart control room.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Enlarged Halden Project Group Meeting
    Place of PublicationHalden, Norway
    PublisherOECD Halden Reactor Project
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventEnlarged Halden Programme Group Meeting, EHPG 2008 - Loen, Norway
    Duration: 18 May 200823 May 2008


    ConferenceEnlarged Halden Programme Group Meeting, EHPG 2008


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