This collection of past HFES Annual Meeting papers demonstrates the critical need for a greater understanding of and appreciation for ergonomics considerations in systems involving sound.
On the basis of reviews, the editors selected 54 full papers representing the best of almost 200 past annual meeting presentations. The papers are organized into seven chapters: Auditory Warnings, Spatial Audio Displays, Speech, Speech Recognition, Speech Synthesis, Noise, and Hearing Protection. Also includes 27 abstracts, bibliography, author and subject indexes.
From the introduction: "The need for a better understanding of and appreciation for the ergonomics of sound has reached a critical level. . . . Sound-related technologies and products play an increasingly significant role in living and working environments. Automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis are used daily by millions of people in applications such as telephone directory assistance. The news media describe the hazards of increasingly noisy surroundings and the need to protect people living or working in these environments. Not only human factors/ergonomics professionals but also those in telecommunications, computer systems, law, consumer products, health care, safety engineering, and industrial hygiene would benefit from greater awareness of what the HF/E field has revealed about sound in many applications."
Ellen Haas is employed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where she has worked for the past 19 years and heads the Auditory Controls and Displays Laboratory. Her research interest is the integration of auditory displays, speech recognition, and speech synthesis in Army crew systems.
Judy Edworthy is professor of applied psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth, where she has worked since 1985. She has been involved in the development of many auditory warnings standards and other practical and commercial enterprises originating from her research work.
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