Human Computer Interaction in the ALMA Control Room

Marcus Schilling (ESO, European Southern Observatory), Romain Primet (INRIA, France), Emmanuel Pietriga (INRIA, France), Joseph Schwarz (ESO, Germany)


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a major ground-based radio-astronomical facility being constructed in Chile in an international collaboration between Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. The facility will include 54 12m and 12 7m antennas at the Altiplano de Chajnantor and be operated from the Operations Support Facilities (OSF) near San Pedro de Atacama.

The poster describes the ALMA Operations Monitoring and Control (OMC) software and its next generation user interfaces, used by operators and astronomers to monitor and control the observing facility. These user interfaces bring state-of-the-art Human Computer Interaction (HCI) techniques to the ALMA Control Room: map visualisation, semantic zooming, navigation gestures, multiple coordinated views, and decrease of time-to-point. They enable users to stay in control of dozens of antennas, hundreds of devices, and thousands of baselines.

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