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The Economic Benefits of Human Performance Models in Systems Engineering

Richard Steinberg

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Title: The Economic Benefits of Human Performance Models in Systems Engineering
Speaker: Richard Steinberg, Northrop Grumman Space Systems


Human performance modeling (HPM) is a method of quantifying human behavior, cognition, physical performance, and processes used for the development of systems designed for optimal user experience and interaction (Seibok and Wickens, 2013).  Human Performance Models (HPMs) are an effective tool for Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) (Steinberg et al, 2017), with high economic benefit. Human Engineering practitioners use HPMs to define crew design requirements including the number of operators needed, the benefits of automation, and distribution of member task responsibilities required to operate a system. The application of HPMs throughout the development process helps to influence the system design by integrating with MBSE processes and informing many aspects of system definition and development including performance trades of algorithms, hardware, command and control functions, automation, and the need for situation awareness to monitor the system.  In addition to these design benefits, HPMs save development costs and for a described case study reduced costs $4.3M demonstrating the economic benefits for systems engineering.  This paper will outline the HPM process for a Command and Control (C2) system.

Speaker Biography

Dick Steinberg is a User Experience Engineer for Northrop Grumman designing Command and Control Displays.  He has a mechanical engineering degree from Auburn, the Naval Post Graduate School HSI Certification, and the Human Factors International User Experience Certification. He has 36 years of experience in industry, and two patents in user experience inventions and is a former chapter president of our local Human Factors and Engineering Society chapter.  Dick says what qualifies him most to give this talk is the fact that he volunteered pre-COVID to tutor second grade math at a local title 1 elementary school.  “If you can communicate then benefits of math to second graders, you can learn to communicate anything.”  Today he speaks from his experience in Human performance modeling, an important element of Model Based Systems Engineering methods as presented at the INCOSE conference in November 2021.

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