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6 July 2018 The SKA dish local monitoring and control system user interface
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The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is responsible for developing the SKA Observatory, the world's largest radiotelescope ever built: eventually two arrays of radio antennas - SKA1-Mid and SKA1-Low - will be installed in the South Africa's Karoo region and Western Australia's Murchison Shire, each covering a different range of radio frequencies. In particular SKA1-Mid array will comprise 133 15m diameter dish antennas observing in the 350 MHz-14 GHz range, each locally managed by a Local Monitoring and Control (LMC) system and remotely orchestrated by the SKA Telescope Manager (TM) system. Dish LMC will provide a Graphical User Interface (GUI) to be used for monitoring and Dish control in standalone mode for testing, TM simulation, integration, commissioning and maintenance. This paper gives a status update of the LMC GUI design involving users and tasks analysis, system prototyping, interface evaluation, provides details on the GUI prototypes being developed and technological choices and discuss key challenges in the LMC UI architecture, as well as our approaches to addressing them. In the GUI design task we have adopted a Usage-Centered Design (UCD) approach based on the early involvement of users whose feedback is being iteratively considered in analysis phases, as well as in design and evaluation. An IFML based user interaction modeling approach has been adopted.
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Alessandro Marassi, Marco Brambilla, Simone Riggi, Adriano Ingallinera, Corrado Trigilio, and Paolo Di Marcantonio "The SKA dish local monitoring and control system user interface", Proc. SPIE 10707, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy V, 107072Z (6 July 2018);


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