A Design Philosophy for Man-Machine Control Systems

  title={A Design Philosophy for Man-Machine Control Systems},
  author={Henry P. Birmingham and F. V. Taylor},
  journal={Proceedings of the IRE},
Empirical evidence suggests that, at least for short periods of activity, the simpler the tasks imposed upon the human operator of a control system, the more precise and less variable become his responses. This leads to the view that optimal man-machine control system performance can be obtained only when the mechanical components of the system are designed so that the human need act only as a simple amplifier. Ways and means are described for achieving such design through "unburdening… CONTINUE READING