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The Science and Simulation of Human Performance

ISBN: 978-0-76231-141-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-296-2

ISSN: 1479-3601

Publication date: 30 December 2004


Baron et al. briefly summarized the history of human performance modeling1 (HPM) in their 1990 review. The application of control theory to aircraft simulations and the development of task network models stimulated the development of methods to represent the human contribution to system dynamics. These groundbreaking efforts first identified the manifold difficulties associated with the simulation of human performance in military settings, and many of these difficulties remain matters of contemporary concern. The technical challenges associated with the representation of human performance have endured, and military applications continue to be a major driver of interest in HBR. The expense and various difficulties associated with laboratory research, field studies, and operational tests have pushed modeling and simulation to center stage as an affordable alternative to empirical studies. Simulation is now an essential component of military force development, operational planning, engineering development and acquisition, and training.


Mastroianni, G. and Middleton, V. (2004), "CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: IN PURSUIT OF ORDER AND PROGRESS", Ness, J., Tepe, V. and Ritzer, D. (Ed.) The Science and Simulation of Human Performance (Advances in Human Performance and Cognitive Engineering Research, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 499-514.

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