34. Human Supervisory Control

  1. Gavriel Salvendy2,3
  1. Thomas B. Sheridan

Published Online: 26 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118131350.ch34

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Fourth Edition

Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Sheridan, T. B. (2012) Human Supervisory Control, in Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Fourth Edition (ed G. Salvendy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118131350.ch34

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, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470528389

Online ISBN: 9781118131350



  • human supervisory control;
  • supervisory roles and hierarchy;
  • monitoring of displays, failure detection;
  • policy alternatives;
  • future of human supervisory control


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitions of Human Supervisory Control

  • Some History

  • Examples of Human Supervisory Control in Current Technological Systems

  • Supervisory Roles and Hierarchy

  • Supervisory Levels and Stages

  • 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

  • Policy Alternatives for Human Supervisory Control

  • Social Implications and the Future of Human Supervisory Control

  • Conclusions

  • References