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Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain
January-March 2011 (vol. 10 no. 1)
pp. 58-62
Mary L. (Missy) Cummings, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kristopher M. Thornburg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In the push to develop smart energy systems, designers have increasingly focused on systems that measure and predict user behavior to effect optimal energy consumption. While such focus is clearly an important component in these systems' success, designers pay substantially less attention to the human on the other side of the energy system loop—the supervisors of power-generation processes. Pervasive computing will likely add to an already complex array of data streams and introduce a new layer of supervisory complexity when dynamically adapting energy management.

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Index Terms:
human supervisory control, decentralized systems, human-computer interface, smart grid, decision support, power plants
Mary L. (Missy) Cummings, Kristopher M. Thornburg, "Paying Attention to the Man behind the Curtain," IEEE Pervasive Computing, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 58-62, Jan.-March 2011, doi:10.1109/MPRV.2011.7
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