Process Operator's Multimedia Intelligent Support Environment


PROMISE - 2397

Keywords process control, knowledge-based systems, multimedia interfaces


Start Date: 21-MAR-89 / Duration: 48 months

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Objectives and Approach

The aim of the PROMISE project is to support safer and more efficient real-time operator action in process control. This will be achieved by exploiting multimedia capabilities in the presentation of information from knowledge based systems. The multimedia approach will exploit the improved bandwidth offered by modern computer systems and the known cognitive strengths of operators to communicate time critical information quickly, effectively and succinctly.

A key aspect of the project is the development of a methodology underpinning the application of multimedia techniques to critical operator interfaces. A presentation tool has been developed which delivers all the usual media in a synchronised manner and a set of support tools are planned which will advise on appropriate media choice in particular information communication situations.

The project draws upon experience gained in the development of dialogues for on-line process control GRADIENT (P857) .

Progress and Results

Two systems have been developed to test out the ideas of the project - reactor shut-down in the Hunterston 'B' Nuclear Power station simulator and the control of a Chemical Plant at DOW Benelux in the Netherlands. Laboratory studies have also been carried out to identify multimedia advantages.

Exploitation

Plans include:


CONTACT POINT

Prof. Jim Alty
Dept of Computer Studies
LUTCHI Research Centre
University of Technology
UK - Loughborough LE11 3TU
tel: + 44 / 509 222648
fax: + 44 / 509 211586
email: J.L.Alty@uk.ac.lut

Participants

SCOTTISH POWER - UK - C
DOW BENELUX NV - NL - P
IDS SA - E - P
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN - B - P
TECSIEL SPA - I - P
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN - IRL - P
LUTCHI - UK - P
WORK RESEARCH CENTRE LTD - IRL - P
ALGOTECH SRL - I - A
EXIS - I - A


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PROMISE - 2397, December 1993


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