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Monthly Member Teleconferences

Teleconferences are held monthly, on the third Thursday from 2PM to 3pm (Eastern).
Call-in and agenda details are available in the Members-Only Site.

In Person Meetings

In Person Meetings are held twice a year. The summer meeting is held at Wright State University and the November meeting location rotates though member sites.

COP 2014 November Meeting The next COP Member Meeting will be November 18-20, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

In addition to the board business meeting, the meeting provides an opportunity to hear updates on the current research projects, meet with researchers, and network with other organizations working to improve operator performance. This meeting is open to current COP member employees, staff, board representatives, staff, and prospective members.

Please contact Lisa Via no later than October 17 if you are interested in attending.

SAVE THE DATE!! The COP June meeting will be held June 8-11, 2015 in Dayton Ohio.

Meeting History

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News Archive

  • The August Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 21st at 2pm EDT
  • COP Event Prediction research projects in the ChemicalProcess.com Industry News: Tool Promises to Prevent Plant Incidents
  • The July Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 17th at 2pm EDT
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: Human Factors in Process Plant Operation
  • The member teleconference to work on the SPA Tool Functional specification was held on July 10th
  • The June Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 19th at 2pm EDT
  • New in Resources: Tom Kindervater's presentation at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL
  • The April Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 17th at 2pm EDT
  • COP in the March 2014 Control Magazine article Perfect Fit: Operator Performance
  • Congratulations to COP Board Representative Dave Emerson for being in the Process Automation Hall of Fame Class of 2014
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
  • Thomas Kindervater, PE, Solution Support Manager of the Center for Operator Performance, presented the paper on the COP tool “Semantic Procedure Analysis” at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers annual meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10:30 - 11:00 EDT
  • The March Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 20th at 2pm EDT
  • The February Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 20th at 2pm EST
  • The January Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 16th at 2pm EST
  • Members: 2013 November Meeting Minutes and Presentation Files are now available in the Members-Only Site
  • Members: Reserve your hotel room for the 2013 November Meeting by November 1st to receive discounted rates
  • Attending the Emerson Global User's Exchange? On Wednesday, October 2nd you have another chance to join COP Board Representatives Ike Brackin, Mark Nixon, and Dave Strobhar at 8AM in Appaloosa 3 for the Evidence based design guidelines for effective operator overview displays workshop
  • The October Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 17th at 2pm EDT
  • Save the Date: October 1st at 10AM at the Emerson Global User's Exchange COP Board Representatives Ike Brackin, Mark Nixon, and Dave Strobhar offer the workshop: Evidence based design guidelines for effective operator overview displays (Session 3-4905)
  • The COP Video Library is now available in the Resources Area of the Members-Only Website
  • The September Teleconference was held on Thursday the 19th at 2pm EDT
  • The August Teleconference was held on Thursday the 15th at 2pm EDT
  • 2013 November Meeting information including presentation details and registration deadline
  • The July Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 18th at 2pm EDT
  • Congratulations COP Director Dr. Sundaram Narayanan for being promoted to university provost. Read more about his career and leadership philosophy in the Wright State University Magazine article, Engineering Marvel
  • Members: 2013 May Meeting Minutes and Presentation Files are now available in the Members-Only Site
  • Check out the ABB Process Automation Insights blog post, "Reflections on our Research Projects" for an attendee's perspective of the 2013 May Meeting
  • The June Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 20th at 2pm EDT
  • The April Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 18th at 2pm EDT
  • Members: Reserve your hotel room for the 2013 May Meeting by April 22nd to receive discounted rates
  • COP Semantic Procedure Analyzer (SPA) and Display Metrics Toolkit (DMT) tools in the March Control Magazine: Operator Performance Pumps Up (533KB PDF)
  • The March Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 28th at 2pm EDT
  • March 27th Dave Strobhar offered the workshop, Put research insights to work in real world operations: Tips from Center for Operator Performance (Session 12 ID#14571), at the ABB Automation and Power World
  • The COP hosted Booth at ABB's Automation and Power World in Orlando, Florida March 25-28 to help others to learn more about the COP and human factors research
  • Reminder: We invite you to stop by the COP Booth at ABB's Automation and Power World in Orlando March 25 to 28 to learn more about the COP and human factors research
  • Members: New Date for the March Teleconference - Thursday the 28th at 2pm EDT
  • Save the Date: March 27 at 3PM at ABB's Automation and Power World Dave Strobhar offers the workshop: Put research insights to work in real world operations: Tips from Center for Operator Performance (Session 12 ID#14571)
  • The February Members Teleconference was held on Thursday the 21st at 2pm EDT
  • Check out the January 28, 2013 Automation World article Changing Workforce Drives Control Room Modernization to learn how user-centered design and human factors are impacting control room design
  • 2013 May Meeting information including presentation details and registration deadline
  • Details of the COP/LSU Display Evaluation Toolkit Projects in the L'Observateur: Tech students see into the future
  • Members: The 2012 November Meeting Video Summary has been added to COP Video Library
  • The January Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 17th at 2pm EDT
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: Designing Interfaces
  • The December Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 13th at 2pm EDT
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: Data Mining: Concepts and Techniques, Third Edition
  • Members: 2012 November Meeting Minutes and Presentation Files are now available in the Members-Only Site
  • October 30th Dave Strobhar offered the workshop, Reducing Operator Error, at the Yokogawa North American Users Conference
  • The October Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 18th at 2pm EDT
  • October 12th COP Board Representatives Dave Strobhar and Mark Nixon participated in the Meet The Expert session, Human Centered Design Principles for Optimal Operator Performance, as part of the Emerson Exchange conference in Anaheim, California.
  • Members: Reserve your hotel room for the 2012 November Meeting by October 15th to receive discounted rates
  • The COP hosted Booth #104 at Emerson Global Users Exchange in Anaheim, California October 8-11 to help others learn more about the COP and human factors research
  • October 10th and 11th Dave Strobhar lead the workshop, Ways to Improve Operator Performance, Session 3-1851, at the Emerson Global Users Exchange
  • September 25th Dave Strobhar lead the Improving Operator Performance session at ISA Automation Week. Three papers were part of the session: "Console Operator Staffing, Workload, and Automation"; "Operator Performance: How Does One Assess?"; and "Display Formatting Guidelines for Process Industries".
  • COP in the Wright State University Magazine: The Human Factor
  • The September Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 20th at 2pm EDT
  • Members: The 2012 May Meeting Video Summary has been added to COP Video Library
  • July 24th Dave Strobhar gave a lecture titled "Human Factors Issues in Oil and Chemical Processing" at the 8th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies
  • 2012 November Meeting information including presentation details and registration deadline
  • The August Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 16th at 2pm EDT
  • Members: Dr. Chris Hale's project, Display Content II, is moving forward: an update and more details available during the July Teleconference call
  • Members: Site visits and graphics examples are needed for the Display Design Handbook. Send your contributions to the project via email
  • The 2012 May Meeting Summary recaps the results and project presentations of last month's meeting in Dayton (225KB PDF)
  • Members: The 2011 November Meeting Video Summary has been added to COP Video Library
  • The July Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 19th at 2pm EDT
  • The COP In Person Meetings Schedule is announced! The 2012 November Meeting will be held in Dallas November 6-8, 2012 and the 2013 May Meeting will be May 14-16, 2013 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio
  • The June Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 21st at 2pm EDT
  • Members: 2012 May Meeting Minutes and Presentation Files are now available in the Members-Only Site
  • Check out the May 2012 Control Design article The Keys to Operator Performance: Operator Error Rates Double on the Ninth Day of Work After Eight Days of Consistent Performance for a recap of several interesting findings from ongoing projects
  • How to Build a Better Operator article by Aaron Hand of Control Design provides a summary of the Center for Operator Performance presentations at ABB Automation & Power World 2012
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems
  • May 22nd Dave Strobhar offered the workshop Modularizing Emergency Procedures for Increased Ease of Use and Updating at ATPM 2012
  • The COP attended the ATPM 2012 Conference which was held at the Lone Star Community Building and Conference Center, The Woodlands, Texas, May 21-23. This new conference focused on applying automation and control technology in process manufacturing.
  • The COP hosted Booth #31 at ABB's Automation and Power World in Houston April 23 - 26 to help others learn more about the COP and human factors research
  • April 25th at ABB's Automation and Power World Dave Strobhar offered the workshop: Collaborative research to improve the performance of process control operators
  • The April Member Teleconference was held on Thursday the 19th at 2pm EDT
  • Members: Reserve your hotel room for the May Meeting by April 16th to receive discounted rates
  • April 11th Dave Strobhar gave a COP presentation at the LAI/MEP Process Safety Meeting in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Update to the Recommended Reading List: Cost-Justifying Usability, Second Edition: An Update for the Internet Age, Second Edition
  • Congratulations COP Board Representative Mark Nixon for being in the Process Automation Hall of Fame Class of 2012
  • Yokogawa Electric Corporation is our Newest Member Company
  • WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Take a few minutes to share your thoughts in the 2012 Research Survey
  • How Many Alarms Can an Operator Handle? Two recent studies provide insights article by David A. Strobhar, Beville Engineering, and Craig M. Harvey, Louisiana State University in the December 2011 Chemical Processing
  • November 15-17 meeting was hosted by Emerson in Austin, TX.
  • Audio Interviews with David Strobhar on Intellirights.com.
  • October 2-5, 2011 - David Strobhar presented at the TAPPI Peers conference, Portland, OR. Presentation and paper available in Resources
  • October 27-28, 2011 - Presentations at Emerson Global Users Exchange, Nashville, TN.