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Human-Machine Interface (HMI) Short Course by Tonex


Human-Machine Interface Short Course is a 2-day introduction to the hardware or software through which an operator interacts with a controller. A human-machine interface (HMI) can range from a physical control panel with buttons and indicator lights to an industrial PC with a color graphics display running dedicated HMI software.

This course is especially beneficial for participants who want to see the “big picture” in order to communicate with technical as well as non-technical individuals.

Human-Machine Interface Short Course covers the most important aspects of HMI without getting too involved in the technical nitty gritty.

Participants will learn the basics of how human-machine interfaces work as well as the types of HMIs now available.

Additionally, participants will learn about the current HMI use cases as well as projected applications.

Human-machine interfaces provide an important visual of what is going on inside the control system. It is also an easy way to see multiple events in real time.

HMI’s also provide immersive training through technologies like augmented and virtual reality. This aspect is of special interest to the DoD because HMI technology can provide realistic training environments with real-time feedback to enhance warfighter performance.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Human-Machine Interface (HMI) design and its significance in modern technology.
  • Learn best practices in HMI development, including interface layout, visual design, and interaction design.
  • Acquire skills in usability testing and user-centered design principles to create user-friendly interfaces.
  • Master the use of industry-standard HMI tools and software for efficient interface development.
  • Gain insights into HMI integration with various systems, including industrial control and automation.
  • Explore emerging trends and innovations in HMI technology to stay current in the field.

Who Should Attend?
Human-Machine Interface Short Course is a 2-day course designed for:

  • Program and Project Managers
  • IT Leadership
  • IT Infrastructure Managers
  • CIOs / CTOs /CSOs
  • Configuration Managers
  • Developers and Application Team Members and Leads
  • IT Project & Program Managers
  • Product Owners and Managers
  • Military Personnel
  • Military Contractors
  • Anyone With an Interest in HMI

Course Outline:

Introduction to Human-Machine Interface

  • Definition and importance of HMI
  • Evolution and history of HMI
  • Key concepts and terminology

Human Factors in HMI Design

  • Human cognition and perception
  • Ergonomics and user-centered design principles
  • Anthropometry and physical considerations
  • Mental models and user expectations

HMI Design Guidelines and Best Practices

  • User interface design principles
  • Graphical user interface (GUI) design
  • Interaction techniques and input devices
  • Feedback mechanisms and response times

HMI Technologies and Platforms

  • Touchscreens and gesture recognition
  • Voice user interfaces (VUI)
  • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) interfaces
  • Wearable and mobile interfaces

HMI Development and Prototyping

  • Software development life cycle (SDLC) for HMI
  • HMI prototyping techniques and tools
  • Usability testing and user feedback
  • Iterative design and continuous improvement

HMI Integration and Connectivity

  • Communication protocols and standards
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and HMI integration
  • Cloud-based interfaces and remote monitoring/control
  • Cybersecurity considerations in HMI

HMI in Specific Domains

  •  Automotive HMI
  • Industrial control systems and automation
  • Healthcare and medical device interfaces
  • Consumer electronics and smart devices

HMI Evaluation and Usability Testing

  • Evaluation metrics and usability testing methodologies
  • User feedback collection and analysis
  • Performance optimization and user experience enhancement
  • Compliance with accessibility standards and regulations

Emerging Trends in HMI

  • Natural language processing and conversational interfaces
  • Biometric interfaces and emotion recognition
  • Brain-computer interfaces (BCI)
  • Ethical considerations in HMI design and usage

Case Studies and Practical Exercises

  • Real-world HMI examples and case studies
  • Hands-on exercises and simulations
  • Group discussions and brainstorming sessions
  • Project work and presentations


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