Advanced SearchSearch Tips
A Characteristic Analysis of Ergonomic Console Layout Studies Using Optimization Techniques
facebook(new window)  Pirnt(new window) E-mail(new window) Excel Download
 Title & Authors
A Characteristic Analysis of Ergonomic Console Layout Studies Using Optimization Techniques
Jung, Kihyo; Kim, Jaejung; You, Taekho; Lee, Baekhee; Lee, Wonsup; Park, Seikwon; Roh, Woongseok; You, Heecheon;
  PDF(new window)
Objective: The present study systematically analyzed the characteristics of ergonomic layout optimization methods by a comprehensive literature survey. Background: Although layout design methods for ergonomic placement of controls and displays on a console have been developed, understanding of their characteristics is lacking. Method: The present study analyzed layout optimization papers published past 20 years from the following four aspects: optimization model, optimization algorithm, design principle, and constraint/assumption. Results: The existing layout optimization methods based on various optimization techniques consider only a partial set of four layout principles(importance, frequency of use, sequence of use, and functional grouping) and two ergonomic criteria(visibility and reach). In addition, the existing methods oversimplify components in various sizes, shapes, and angles by assuming the equality of the components in size and shape. Conclusion: A more effective layout optimization method is needed which considers the layout principles and ergonomic criteria in a comprehensive manner and reflect the diversity of components in size and shape. Application: The identified characteristics on the existing layout optimization methods can be applicable to development of a better ergonomic console layout design method.
Ergonomic layout;Layout optimization;Layout design principles;Ergonomic criteria;
 Cited by
Department of Defense, Design Criteria Standard: Human Engineering (MIL-STD-1472G), 2012.

Hani, Y., Amodeo, L., Yalaoui, F. and Chen, H., Ant colony optimization for solving an industrial layout problem, European Journal of Operational Research, 183(2), 633-642, 2007. crossref(new window)

Holman, G. T., Carnahan, B. J. and Bulfin, R. L., Using linear programming to optimize control panel design from an Ergonomics perspective, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 47th Annual Meeting, (pp. 1317-1321), USA. 2003.

Jung, E. S., Park, S. and Chang, S. Y., A CSP technique-based interactive control panel layout, Ergonomics, 38(9), 1884-1893, 1995. crossref(new window)

Kuhn, H. W., The Hungarian method for the assignment problem. Naval Research Logistics Quarterly 2, 83-97, 1995; republished with historical remarks in Naval Research Logistics 52, 6-21, 2005.

Pham, D. T. and Onder, H. H., A knowledge-based system for optimizing workplace layouts using a genetic algorithm, Ergonomics, 35(12), 1479-1487, 1992. crossref(new window)

Rardin, R. L., Optimization in Operations Research, Prentice Hill, 1998.

Sahni, S. and Gonzalez, T., P-complete approximation problems. Journal of the Association for Computing, 23, 555-565, 1976. crossref(new window)

Sanders, M. S. and McCormick, E. J., Human Factors in Engineering and Design, 7th ed., McGraw-Hill, 1992.

Sargent, T. A., Kay, M. G. and Sargent, R. G., A methodology for optimally designing console panels for use by a single operator, Human Factors, 39(3), 389-309, 1997. crossref(new window)

Udoson, U. J., Ergonomic workplace construction, evaluation and improvement by CADWORK, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 36, 219-228, 2006. crossref(new window)

Wang, M. J. Liu, C. M. and Pan, Y. S., Computer-aided panel layout using a multi-criteria heuristic algorithm, Ergonomics, 29(6), 1215-1233, 1991.

Xu, Y., Meng, Q., Yu, K. and Xu, Z., A layout method for control panel of thermal power plant, Key Engineering Materials, 419-420, 657-660, 2010a.

Xu, Y., Meng, Q. and Yang, Z., Particle swarm algorithm applied in the layout optimization for console, Advanced Computer Control, International Conference on, 5, 541-544, 2010b.

Xu, Y., Yang, Z. and Meng, Q., Particle swarm optimization method for panel layout, Key Engineering Materials, 450, 308-311, 2011.