Analysis of Tasks in Autonomous Systems Using the EMRALD Dynamic Risk Assessment Tool

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Conference Proceedings
Authors: Jooyoung ParkJisuk KimThomas UlrichRonald BoringSteven Prescott

Abstract: An autonomous system refers to the system that has the power and ability for self-governance in the performance of system functions. Autonomous systems have been actively pursued in a variety of domains such as automotive, aviation, maritime, medicine, and nuclear fields. As an unmanned concept employing the highest automation level, the autonomous system basically performs most of the work in normal operations or emergency situations. However, despite advances in technology, many researchers have noted these systems still require human actions. The nature of human actions on autonomous systems is different than the human actions that are considered in existing systems. Nevertheless, only a few studies have been conducted on 1) characterizing the different types of errors and risks associated with human actions interacting with autonomous systems and 2) how to evaluate human actions in the autonomous operations. As a starting point, this study aims to investigate differences of tasks in autonomous operation compared to those in existing nuclear power plant operation using the Event Modeling Risk Assessment Using Linked Diagram (EMRALD) software. In this paper, insights aspect of human error and time are derived out and discussed based on the output of the EMRALD models.

Keywords: Nuclear Power Plant, Autonomous System, Human Action, Dynamic Risk Assessment

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe1003553

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