Multitasking and interruption management in control room operator work during simulated accidents

Jari Laarni, Hannu Karvonen, Satu Pakarinen, Jari Torniainen

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    Abstract

    Our everyday life is full of interruptions, which cause problems in different situations. Therefore, efficient management of interruptions is a natural part of our daily activity, and we humans are experts at managing task switching and interruptions. Efficient management of interruptions is required in many tasks and domains such as in health care, aviation, car driving and office work. This paper focusses on control room (CR) operator work in nuclear power plants. CR operators have to manage interruptions in various plant states, and sometimes interruptions cause problems in their work. This paper is divided into two major parts: The first part is a short literature review of effects of multitasking and interruptions in work settings; the second part presents some experimental results of multitasking and interruption management during simulated accidents. Some suggestions are given to improve interruption and multitasking management in safety-critical domains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - 13th International Conference, EPCE 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages301-310
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9783319400297
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event13th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2016 and Held as Part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
    Duration: 17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

    Publication series

    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Volume9736
    ISSN0302-9743

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference on Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics, EPCE 2016 and Held as Part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
    CountryCanada
    CityToronto
    Period17/07/1622/07/16

    Keywords

    • Control room operator
    • Interruption management
    • Multitasking
    • Nuclear power plant

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    Laarni, J., Karvonen, H., Pakarinen, S., & Torniainen, J. (2016). Multitasking and interruption management in control room operator work during simulated accidents. In Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics - 13th International Conference, EPCE 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings (pp. 301-310). Springer. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol.. 9736 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40030-3_30