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Research and Teaching Output of the MIT Community

HAL Reports


The HAL Reports are published by the MIT Humans and Automation Laboratory (HAL). The Lab's research focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in complex sociotechnical systems. With the explosion of automated technology, the need for humans as supervisors of complex automatic control systems has replaced the need for humans in direct manual control. For more information, please visit (opens a new tab or window).

Recent Submissions

  • Cummings, M.L.; Clare, A.; Hart, C. (The Role of Human-Automation Consensus in Multiple Unmanned Vehicle Scheduling, 2010)
    Objective: This study examined the impact of increasing automation replanning rates on operator performance and workload when supervising a decentralized network of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles. Background: Futuristic ...
  • Cummings, M.l; Brezezinski, A. (International Journal of Applied Decision Science, 2010)
    As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) become increasingly autonomous, time-critical and complex single-operator systems will require advance prediction and mitigation of schedule conflicts. However, actions that mitigate a ...
  • Cummings, M.L.; Buchin, M.; Carrigan, G.; Donmez, B. (International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 2010)
    The risk of maritime collisions and groundings has dramatically increased in the past five years despite technological advancements such as GPS-based navigation tools and electronic charts which may add to, instead of ...
  • Donmez, B.D.; Nehme, C.; Cummings, M.L. (IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A Systems and Humans, 2010)
    Discrete event simulations for futuristic unmanned vehicle (UV) systems enable a cost and time effective methodology for evaluating various autonomy and human automation design parameters. Operator mental workload is an ...
  • Cummings, M.L.; Bruni, S. (International Journal of Intelligent Decision Technologies, 2010)
    In resource allocation problems for systems with moving planning horizons and significant uncertainty, typical of supervisory control environments, it is critical that some balance of human-automation collaboration be ...