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Professor Emeritus Tarald Kvålseth

Tarald Kvalseth

Ph.D., 1971, M.S., 1966, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley
B.Sc., 1963, Mechanical Engineering, King's College, University of Durham, England
email: kvals001@umn.edu

Research

Principal research interests are in the area of human factors/ergonomics, including studies of human information processing, decision-making, motor control, and human machine systems. Studies are both analytical and experimental and use quantitative modeling of human performance characteristics, capabilities, and limitations in various task situations in order to provide a proper match between the operator and his or her tasks.

Additional areas of work include the application of ergonomics to workstation design, categorical data analysis, safety, and the traditional industrial engineering area of methods engineering and work measurement. Work is both theoretical and applied, with applications relevant to real industrial settings.

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Selected Publications

"Another Generalized Measure of Information." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 85, pp. 464-466, 1998.

"Another Look at Hick-Hyman's Reaction Time Law." In Contemporary Ergonomics 1998: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society, Cirencester, UK, pp. 572-576, 1998.

"On Difference-Based Summary Measures." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 87, pp. 1379-1384, 1998.

"Measurement of Interobserver Agreement Using a Standard: Measure Formulation and Statistical Inferences." In Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pp. 1787-1790, 1997.

"Generalized Divergence and Gibbs' Inequality." In Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pp. 1979-1801, 1997.

"Square-Root Formula for Choice Reaction Time." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 83, pp. 475-478, 1996.

"Coefficients of Variations for Nominal and Ordinal Categorical Data." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 80, pp. 843-847, 1995.

"Comment on the Coefficient of Ordinal Variation." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 81, pp. 621-622, 1995.

"The Paternity of the Power Law of Human Motor Control." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 76, p. 277, 1993.

"Reaction Time and Stimulus Information." In Designing for Everyone, Y. Queinnec and F. Daniellou, Eds., London: Taylor & Francis, pp. 457-459, 1991.

 

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