Chapter 38. Supervisory Control

  1. Gavriel Salvendy Ph.D. Chair, Professor, and Head of the Department2,3
  1. Thomas B. Sheridan Ford Professor of Engineering and Applied Psychology Emeritus

Published Online: 28 FEB 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470048204.ch38

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition

How to Cite

Sheridan, T. B. (2006) Supervisory Control, in Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Third Edition (ed G. Salvendy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0470048204.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

  2. 3

    Tsinghua University Beijing, People's Republic of China

Author Information

  1. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, No. 3-435, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 FEB 2006
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471449171

Online ISBN: 9780470048207



  • supervisory control;
  • intervening and human reliability;
  • modeling supervisory control


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining Supervisory Control

  • Supervisory Control in Various Technological Systems

  • Supervisory Roles, LOCI, and Levels of Humans and Computers

  • Planning and Learning: Computer Representation of Relevant Knowledge

  • Teaching the Computer

  • Monitoring of Displays and Detection of Failures

  • Intervening and Human Reliability

  • Modeling Supervisory Control

  • Social Implications and the Future of Supervisory Control

  • Conclusions

  • References