Visual Representation of Complex Information Structures in High Volume Manufacturing

  • Connor Upton
  • Gavin Doherty
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 221)


While research supports the use of graphic data representations in interfaces and control systems, work in this area has focused on relatively small systems with a limited nmnber of variables. This paper describes an approach to designing a visual application for a semiconductor manufacturing plant. This is a complex, large-scale system requiring a structured design methodology. First, using cognitive work analysis techniques an Abstraction Decomposition Space (ADS) of the system is generated. Second, as with ecological interface design, we demonstrate how this ADS can inform the display design. The complexity and scale of the system has required us to make adjustments to both of these frameworks. The resulting display req multiple views of the system, information hiding and user interaction. Tak wider set of analyses onboard, we present a design rationale supportin explicit representation of hierarchies, the compatibility of views and the u contextual navigation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Connor Upton
    • 1
  • Gavin Doherty
    • 1
  1. 1.Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer ScienceTrinity College DublinDublin

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