240 pages | 50 B/W Illus.
This book is a follow-up of previous contributions in Human-Centered Design and practice in the development of virtual prototypes that requires progressive operational tangibility toward Human-Systems Integration (HSI). The book discusses flexibility in design and operations, tangibility of software-intensive systems, virtual human-centered design, increasingly-autonomous complex systems, Human-Factors and Ergonomics of sociotechnical systems, and systems of systems integration.
This is an attempt to better formalize a systemic approach to HSI. Good HSI is a matter of maturity… it takes time to mature. It takes time for a human being to become autonomous, and then mature! HSI is a matter of human-machine teaming, where human-machine cooperation and coordination are crucial. We cannot think engineering design without considering people and organizations that go with it. We also cannot think new technology, new organizations and new jobs without considering change management, especially in digital organizations.
The book will be of interest to industry, academia, those involved with systems engineering, human factors and the broader public.
1. Introduction. 2. Automation Rigidifies Human Activities. 3. What Happens in the Case of Unexpected Situations? 4. From Linearly-Designed Machines to Non-Linear (complex) Systems. 5. Using the Structure-Function Representation in the Design of Complex Systems. 6. Human-Machine Autonomy Sharing and (semi) Autonomous Agents Coordination. 7. Virtual Human-Centered Design and System Tangibility. 8. From Rigid Automation to Flexible Autonomy. 9. FlexTech and Societal Changes. 10. Research Endeavors Flexibility and Tangibility in Sociotechnical Systems. 11. Conclusion.