Developing an interdisciplinary framework for understanding and innovating the cognitive ecology of alarmscape scenarios.
Alarm design for highly purpose-driven cognitive environments (e.g. healthcare, aviation) has generally been approached in a somewhat ad hoc manner, and there is consequently a series of problems with alarm efficacy. In recent years industry professionals and academics have recognised the need for a move from a multi- to an interdisciplinary approach to the “alarm problem” (i.e. who, when, about what, and how to alarm), which means that tools for integrating disciplinary insights and understanding the ecology of alarm scenarios are much needed.
This project takes its point of departure in a set of ethnographic studies of two highly purpose-driven cognitive environments in which auditory alarms play a key role: an intensive care unit and a space mission control room. A variety of qualitative and quantitative measures will be used to inform the three objectives of the project:
Ultimately the project is intended to facilitate a more nuanced and inclusive debate between psychologists, sound designers, engineers, and others with an interest in improving the utilisation of sound as an alarm medium.
Elif Özcan; Technical University of Delft; Explore sound design options with experts in sound design and their industrial connections
Judy Edworthy, Sue Denham (Plymouth University), Elif Özcan (Technical University of Delft).