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TC 4.5. Human Machine Systems


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Welcome Message from the Chair

If you are a researcher or a practitioner and your interests include Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human-Machine Systems involving behaviours such as perception, problem-solving, or decision-making, then this Technical Committee is for you.

More precisely, if your research works or your interests focus on this shared challenge considering the design of technology with and for humans, then this TC is for you.

The objective of this TC is to exchange ideas and further understanding in the areas of Human-Machine Systems, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Cognitive Systems, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems and Decision Support Systems. Advances on communication and information technologies and on their impact for the human-machine system design, use and evaluation are then treated.

Some theoretical or practical concepts such as resilience engineering, affordances, dissonance engineering, situation awareness or human-automation coagency, learning, cooperation, diagnosis or human stability are shared with other communities such as Computer Sciences, Ergonomics and Cognitive Psychology or Social Sciences. These exchanges on joint interests make the actions of the TC 4.5 more relevant.

All the practical or scientific contributions on these Human-Machine Systems related topics are presented during the successful triennial symposium entitled Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human-Machine Systems. The next symposium will be held in Kyoto from August 31 to September 2, 2016 (Deadline for submission: January 15, 2016! See on:

For all these reasons, join us just because it is worth! You are welcome.

Frédéric Vanderhaegen, Professor



The TC 4.5 considers all conditions where humans (individuals as well as groups) use, control or supervise tools, machines or technological systems. Its actions aim at fostering the analysis, the design, the modeling and the evaluation of HMS. They require contributions on all the topics linked with the information processing from the perception to the decision related to the human state or the system state, and they include three main groups:

Actions for safe,  secure  and efficient HMS (examples of key-words: cognitive task analysis; task and function allocation; risk assessment; accident analysis; operational risk analysis; performance modelling and evaluation; organisational, technical and human reliability analysis and control; evaluation of performance, safety,  security, workload,  or stress;  resilience engineering; dissonance engineering; human stability; human mastering of machines; humanisation of work; models of perception, problem-solving and decision-making; sensemaking; situation awareness; expressiveness; creativity; neuro-ergonomics; virtual life; augmented reality; virtual reality; emotion; trust; human feelings; Kansei engineering; human roles in different countries, cultures, and stages of automation; collaboration, cooperation, competition and communication, etc.)

Actions on HMS interface (examples of key-words: graphical interfaces; auditory interfaces; multimedia design; network and web interfaces; multi-modal interactions in real and virtual environments; functional and adaptive interfaces; interface agents; sensory modalities; user preferences; user participation; usability; support for operational risk management, system operation, or maintenance; information management and knowledge retrieval)

Actions for system design, control and supervision (examples of key-words: barrier free and changeable designs; work organization design; job design; team design; remote control or supervision; network and internet systems; remote co-ordination; mobile workplaces; wearable computers; distributed multi-agent systems; fault and human error diagnosis; learning; knowledge support; embedded automatic systems in shared environments; collaborative systems and distributed work; human-automation coagency, etc.)


The domains of application of this TC 4.5 are very large: laboratory simulation, field experiments and observation; processing, production, quality control, research, development, marketing, finance; delivery, and services in the innovative and the traditional industries; robots, manipulators and telerobotics; computer-aided design and human-integrated manufacturing; intelligent vehicle transport systems (car, truck, rail, aircraft, spacecraft, maglev, ship); traffic control and supervision, automotive systems and aerospace; information systems; energy saving and resource recycling; nuclear and other power supply systems; chemical and other continuous processes; disaster prevention systems, security systems; medical engineering, biomedical systems and biomechanics; disabled and elderly users; education support; command, control, and communication systems; mobile networking, virtual reality, telepresence; game and entertainment (arts, music); computer-supported collaborative work; management information systems, office systems, home systems; enterprise systems; agriculture; etc.