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On Technology and the Human Factor


John Lyman, Ph.D.

Perspectives on how "human factors" research and practice has influenced various elements of our life - from warfare, the space program, industrial design, mass production, consumer products to computers and (of course) the development of the Internet. (AW)

About The Author

Dr. John Lyman was Professor Emeritus of Engineering in the Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UCLA. Sadly, in May, 2001 he passed away after a short illness. He was one of the original directors of the Human Factors Society (now the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society) and the founding managing editor of the Journal Human Factors. He cofounded the Biomedical Engineering Society and was the first coeditor (with Dr. F. Eugene Yates) of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. He had numerous publications in the areas of human factors, man-machine systems and engineering management. He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society. He will be sorely missed. These short articles are among the last he published during his long career.


A brief overview...

On Time and Motion Studies

Frank and Lillian Gilbreth

The Therblig

What is a "therblig" ?

The Mars Measurement Error Breakdown

This type of system failure is unfortunately not new

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