Recommended Reading List


  • Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, Third Edition (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Data Management Systems)
    Equips the reader with an understanding and application of the theory and practice of discovering patterns hidden in large data sets and focuses on new, important topics in the field: data warehouses and data cube technology, mining stream, mining social networks, and mining spatial, multimedia and other complex data
    Authors: Jiawei Han, Micheline Kamber, Jian Pei
    Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011
    Added to List: November 16, 2012
  • Cost-Justifying Usability, Second Edition: An Update for the Internet Age, Second Edition
    Advice from experts on how to justify time and money spent on improvements of the user interface
    Edited by Randolph G Bias and Deborah J Mayhew
    Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann, 2005
    Added to List: February 17, 2012
  • Human Factors in Engineering and Design (Sixth Edition)
    This is the standard introductory textbook
    Authors: Mark S. Sanders & Ernest J. McCormick
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1987
  • Human Engineering Guide to Equipment Design (Revised Edition)
    While dated regarding display elements, it still has good information on workplace design.
    Edited by Harold P. Van Cott, Ph.D. & Robert G. Kinkade, Ph.D.
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1972
  • Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics (Second Edition)
    This is the standard introductory textbook
    Edited by Gavriel Salvendy
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience, 1997
  • The Industrial Operator’s Handbook - Petroleum & Chemical Industries Edition
    Based upon practices in the nuclear industry, the Handbook gives some good models for shift relief.
    Author: H.C. Howlett II
    Publisher: Gulf Publishing Company, 1996
  • Engineering Psychology and Human Performance
    A well written text by one of the pre-eminent researchers in the field
    Author: Christopher Wickens
    Publisher: Harper Collins, 1992


  • Human Factors in Process Plant Operation
    Call it the Human element in how an automated process operation is run….the other half of the controls operation equation. This essential new book will explain how human factors engineering concepts do and must dovetail with controls systems design and operation.
    Author: David A. Strobhar
    Publisher: Momentum Press, 2014
    Added to List: July 16, 2014
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
    Written by a practicing physician, the author provides a compelling case for the use of checklists. Well written and easy to read, it perhaps overstates how much checklists can do. However, it certainly presents convincing evidence that they can be beneficial.
    Author: Gawande Atul
    Publisher: McMillan Publishing, 2010
    Added to List: March 25, 2014
  • Designing Interfaces
    This book provides solutions to common design problems by capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns.
    Author: Jenifer Tidwell
    Publisher: O’Reilly Media
    Added to List: December 12, 2012
  • Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems
    This is a must read for anyone involved in plant safety. Dekker challenges many current paradigms on both why systems fail and what is needed to make them succeed. The work is well written and engaging, with cogent arguments throughout.
    Author: Sidney Dekker
    Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Burlington, VT, 2011
    Added to List: April 11, 2012
  • Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
    The leading practitioner in how people make decisions in real-world settings
    Author: Gary Klein
    Publisher: MIT Press, 1999
  • Design of Everyday Things
    An easy to read introduction to human factors principles as seen from everyday items, such as “hold” buttons and refrigerator controls
    Author: Don Norman
    Publisher: Basic Books, 1988
  • Things That Make us Smart
    In explaining the unique capabilities of people, Don Norman provides great insight into the creation of display systems.
    Author: Don Norman
    Publisher: Addison Wesley, 1994
  • Readings in Training and Simulation: A 30-Year Perspective
    A collection of articles that provided insight into some of the issues and questions regarding training and simulation.
    Edited by Robert W. Swezey & Dee H. Andrews
    Publisher: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2001
  • Tasks, Errors, and Mental Models
    Tapping into the groundbreaking work of Jens Rasmussen on the hierarchy of behavior related to process control
    Edited by L.P. Goodstein, H.B. Andersen, & S.E. Olsen
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis, 1988
  • The Connoisseur’s Guide to the Mind
    An eclectic journey into decision making using food and wine choices as the example. A well written and entertaining read
    Author: Roger C. Schank
    Publisher: Summit Books, 1991
  • New Trends in Cooperative Activities: Understanding System Dynamics in Complex Environments
    A collection of articles on team performance issues. While somewhat mixed in usability, a few of the articles are worth the entire book.
    Edited by Michael McNeese, Eduardo Salas, & Mica Endsley
    Publisher: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2001
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
    While almost more oriented toward graphic arts, this is an interesting collection of different means to present information. It emphasizes options in presentation of data.
    Author: Edward Tufte
    Publisher: Graphics Press, 2001
  • Induction
    A multi-disciplinary approach to how people learn and make inferences. Numerous gems of information throughout.
    Authors: J.H. Holland, K.J. Holyoak, R.E. Nisbett, & P.R. Thagard
    Publisher: MIT Press, 1986