June 2014

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Use crowdsourcing to boost process simulation

There are many ways to enhance the user experience of next-generation simulators by borrowing concepts from crowdsourcing, data mining and related fields.

Brown, S., Schneider Electric

The next generation of process simulators is under development. These tools must have a high degree of ergonomics and usability to be embraced by engineers who have grown accustomed to the intuitive interfaces of tablets, smartphones and modern business software. A fundamental principal in software ergonomics is to minimize the number of clicks required to accomplish tasks, especially common tasks. Some smart phones achieve this with keyboard apps that have an uncanny ability to predict the next word you are going to type. They know that certain words are statistically likely to appear together, like “Tuesday night” and “ice cream,” as shown in Fig. 1.   &

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