Author: Gregory, R.D.
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TUCPR05 UX Focused Development Work During Recent ORNL EPICS-Based Instrument Control System Upgrade Projects 818
  • X. Yao, R.D. Gregory, G.S. Guyotte, S.M. Hartman, K.-U. Kasemir, C.A. Lionberger, M.R. Pearson
    ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
  Funding: Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by UT-Battelle LLC for the US Department of Energy
The importance of usability and easy-to-use user interfaces (UI) have been recognized across many domains. However, the user-friendliness of scientific experiment control systems often lags behind industry standards in the flourishing user experience (UX) field. Scientific control systems can certainly benefit from these new UX research methods and approaches. Recent instrument control system upgrade projects at the SNS and HFIR facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrate the effectiveness of UX focused development work, and further reveal the need for more utilization of such techniques coming from the UX field. The ongoing control system upgrades are targeting the key facility-level priority of higher scientific productivity, and UX is one of the important tools to help us achieve this priority. We will highlight research methods and practices, introduce our findings and deliverables, and share challenges and lessons learned in applying UX methods to scientific control systems.
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About • paper received ※ 03 October 2019       paper accepted ※ 10 October 2019       issue date ※ 30 August 2020  
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