Comparative Analysis of Regular Grid Based Algorithms in the Design of Graphical Control Panels
The paper presents comparative investigation of the effectiveness of three algorithms used for optimizing control panel objects’ arrangements. We examined two modified classical approaches involving changing of objects’ pairs, that is CRAFT, and its simplified version as well as our implementation of the Simulated annealing concept. Their behavior was investigated in experimental simulation studies of two real-life problems: the truck control panel (small number of objects) and the control panel from a nuclear energy plant (big number of items). The statistical analysis of the obtained results showed the supremacy of the proposed version of the simulated annealing algorithm in both case studies.
KeywordsDisplay design Control panels Layout optimization Ergonomics CRAFT Simulated annealing
The work was partially financially supported by the Polish National Science Center grant no. 2011/03/B/ST8/06238.
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