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Pub. period:1988-1995
Pub. count:4
Number of co-authors:5



Co-authors

Number of publications with 3 favourite co-authors:

Jennifer L. Farrell:1
David F. Wourms:1
Donald R. Loose:1

 

 

Productive colleagues

Frank C. Gentner's 3 most productive colleagues in number of publications:

Jennifer L. Farrel..:1
David F. Wourms:1
Donald R. Loose:1
 
 
 

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Publications by Frank C. Gentner (bibliography)

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1995
 
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Wourms, David F., Gentner, Frank C. and Farrell, Jennifer L. (1995): AC-130U Gunship Aft-Scanner Ergonomic Review: Design Solutions for Program Office. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting 1995. pp. 1204-1208.

Concerned about neck/back pain and diminished alertness attributed to awkwardness of AC-130U Spectre Gunship aft-scanner workstations, the Special Operations Forces Development System Office (SOF DSO) requested that the Crew System Ergonomics Information Analysis Center (CSERIAC) review the literature for design solutions. Aft-scanners recline face-down toward the aircraft's tail while leaning downward into a bubble window to detect launches of Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs). To scan territory below and to the sides of the Gunship, numerous head/neck movements are required. No neck/head rests exist to support the scanner during long missions over hostile territory. Diminished visual alertness can result from fatigue of maintaining the "unnatural" prone position. Long-term back and neck discomfort may follow. The comprehensive CSERIAC literature review verified adverse physiological effects and identified specific design solutions, including ones used during World War II flight tests. The DSO has already implemented several of these solutions and may implement additional solutions to increase mission effectiveness.

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1993
 
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Loose, Donald R. and Gentner, Frank C. (1993): Comparative Anatomy Maintenance Tasks (CAMT): Database Feasibility Study Field Administration Technology Demonstration. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37th Annual Meeting 1993. p. 1044.

To be a "player" in today's concurrent engineering design environment, engineers must provide reasonable estimates of system-level effects for their recommendations. Human factors engineers (HFEs), who formerly relied on quoting military standards or design guides, now must support their recommendations with consequences. Although human factors maintainability estimate methods have been employed, most are considered cumbersome, labor intensive, and not responsive to the quick-paced program or design office. CAMT proposes a new way to collect, organize, and estimate human consequences of design alternatives. This method is being demonstrated in a series of CAMT feasibility studies by the Armstrong Laboratory Logistics Research Division.

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1992
 
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Gentner, Frank C. and Crissey, Mona J. (1992): Liveware Survey of Human Systems Integration (HSI) Technologies: Need for Comprehensive Survey and Available Database. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting 1992. pp. 1133-1137.

Downsizing the Department of Defense (DoD) means accomplishing more with fewer people. Enlightened design that considers all requirement and interaction issues simultaneously is the key to productivity. In the past, human issues have been difficult to quantify or depict during the systems engineering process. Recently, there has been an explosion of affordable HSI technologies. Despite the new DoD directives that require HSI analyses throughout acquisition, it is difficult to identify the most appropriate technology for HSI analyses. Defense acquisition managers, contractors, and the HSI research and development (R&D) community need a database of information about HSI tools, databases, and test facilities. They need this database to identify technology available in each of the Liveware domains of Manpower, Personnel, Training, (MPT) Safety, Health Hazard Prevention, and Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and to fully integrate human consideration into the acquisition process. However, no comprehensive catalog of HSI technology exists. Under the sponsorship of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management and Personnel) HSI office and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Research Study Group.21 (RSG.21), TPDC and CSERIAC are surveying the HSI community for a comprehensive database of HSI technologies, an ambitious effort requiring the help of all HSI technology developers, owners, and users. This paper reviews previous HSI-related technology studies. It supports the thesis that a comprehensive survey and database are needed to improve prioritization of HSI technology R&D; aid in HSI technology identification and use; and take full advantage of the new acquisition climate. It also describes the survey and database which is now being populated, and highlights the need for HSI community participation.

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1988
 
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Potempa, Kenneth W. and Gentner, Frank C. (1988): Manpower, Personnel, Training and Safety in Air Force Weapon Systems Acquisition. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting 1988. pp. 1251-1255.

Manpower, personnel, training and safety (MPTS) analysis is currently inconsistent and incomplete in its application to Air Force acquisitions. While many problems are managerial, MPTS analysis also suffers from a lack of adequate tools and data bases to analyze weapon system design, project MPTS requirements and suggest trade-offs. These problems are particularly acute in the early phases of the weapon system acquisition process (WSAP), making it difficult to influence design during this critical period. To improve MPTS analysis, a study is being conducted by the Air Force to define a comprehensive and integrated MPTS analytic system for use in the WSAP. The study is identifying what MPTS decisions need to be made in the WSAP, when they need to be made, and how they are interrelated. Current capabilities are then being determined by analyzing the tools and data bases available to support each MPTS decision. The analysis will identify needed improvements to existing tools and data bases and whether new one need to be developed. This paper discusses the requirement for an improved MPTS systems and then describes a variety of managerial and technical initiatives being undertaken to satisfy the requirement. The last section identifies the desired characteristics of an effective MPTS system.

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