/tmp/5ece4ab6037f0 SHADO

Simulator of Humans and Automation in Dispatch Operations

Welcome to the SHADO!


Welcome to the Simulator of Humans and Automation in Dispatch Operations (SHADO)! This tool, designed by Duke University researchers, simulates the workload of a dispatch operator and associated freight rail operators across the duration of a given shift. With SHADO, you can choose a trip with unique conditions and then see the operators' average workload after thousands of similar shifts.

You should use this tool to answer the following questions:


A core set of tasks has been defined and implemented to encompass tasks that crew members may encounter during their trip. These tasks and their descriptions are summarized below. To see more underlying assumptions, visit advanced settings.
Task Type Description
CommunicatingFiltering through relevant information for the operation and communicating information that may impact the macro-level network of operations
Exception HandlingAttending to unexpected or unusual situations that must be handled in order to continue with the trip
PaperworkReviewing and recording operating conditions
Maintenance Of Way InteractionsMaintaining situational awareness of other crews along the track
Temporary Speed RestrictionsRecalling information issued on track bulletins and adapting to updates while train is in motion
Signal Response ManagementMaintaining attentiveness to direction from track signaling system and responsive to proper control system within a safely allotted time
Monitoring InsideMaintaining attentiveness to informational displays and to engineer's performance to maintain a safe operation
Monitoring OutsideMaintaining attentiveness to warnings and environmental conditions that may affect operations
Planning AheadManeuvering locomotive control system for throttle, braking and other subtasks like horn-blowing before railroad crossing

Getting Started

Note that this site is currently only compatible with Chrome and Firefox. If you're ready to get started, then let's go! And if you encounter any issues or have questions about the simulation, please contact us!