Model-Based Cooperative and Adaptive Ship-based Context Aware Design

CASCADe addressed bridge design as an integrated process within a Cooperative System Design Methodology, a holistic perspective that supports the detection and solution of conflicts (including human errors), inconsistencies and redundancies during design time. CASCADe used this methodology to develop an Adaptive Bridge System that allows the reconfiguration of information content, its distribution and presentation on user interfaces in response to the current situation, any relevant procedures and the needs of the individual seafarer.

Human Factors research in the Maritime domain has traditionally focused upon individual seafarers and individual parameters, such as exposure to noise, or the effect of watch-keeping schedules on fatigue. CASCADe has moved beyond this by considering the ship as a whole – as a complex and interconnected system of human and electronic agents which can only achieve its goals co-operatively.  

CASCADe has looked at how multiple factors have an impact in a multi-agent environment in which situational awareness (concerning the running of the ship, what needs to be monitored and where potential dangers lie) is distributed amongst crew members. By further investigating and modelling this distributed situational awareness, CASCADe has revealed how decisions are made on board ship and has worked towards improving this process to enhance safety.

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