Andrew MillerAndrew Miller is a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Freight, Transit, & Heavy Vehicle Safety at VTTI. Andrew leads the Fleet Focus and Industry Applications group, which focuses on a Safe Systems approach for implementing technologies or techniques to make change at the individual or organizational level. Andrew is currently the Principal Investigator for multiple studies totaling over $10 million. With a background in methodology and statistics, Andrew's research and outreach efforts have led to enhanced safety for occupational drivers through the identification of unsafe driving behaviors and human factors testing. Andrew focuses heavily on organizational systems, individual differences among people, connected and automated vehicles, data analytics, and driver behaviors. Andrew has conducted research for multiple federal agencies and industry partners involving the investigation of various technologies, classification of safe and unsafe driver behaviors and characteristics, and naturalistic data collection and reduction.
A Synthesis of Work Analysis Techniques for Introducing Automation in Underground Mining Operations
We examined the implications of implementing automation of shuttle cars in underground coal mining operations using work analysis techniques. Interviews and analyses highlight recommendations for the development and deployment of automation. The effects of introducing automation on the traditional vehicle operator role and other impacted members within the work domain are examined. Results include the development of a prototype human-machine interface design of a tablet-based control system for shuttle car operators to control pathing and movement commands as well as the communication structure across systems within the underground mining section.