TC 9.2 addresses relations between automated systems and social environments. This includes social effects of automation, socially desirable requirements for automation development, and socially acceptable alternatives for automation design. It also addresses environmental, health, and safety implications of automation, engineering ethics, professional responsibility, and public policy.


The scope of this TC focuses on the impact of automation and control sciences on society and environment. This topic becomes more and more important since automation and control technology is more and more present in many areas of today’s life. The TC addresses positive and negative effects of automation on work, culture, health, safety, environment, as well as ethics of automation. Attention is paid particularly on emerging applications of control sciences in areas such as autonomous systems (robots, vehicles,…), cooperation of multi-agents (in medical robotics, personal assistance, military/security and spatial robots), networks (internet, large distributed systems, tele-operation), interfaces and human computer interaction (as e.g. BCI), safety of process (e.g. fault tolerant control).

So, in order to revisit the traditional way of thinking the mutual influence of both humans and machines in order to make sense of a real socio-technical complex whole, the challenge for the TC 9.2 consists in developing topics related to an Human-centered systems engineering for a socio-technical equilibrium.

- Systems thinking paradigms for an Human-centred systems engineering approaches

- Balance between pushing Automation technologies and their suitable use by the Society.

- Human-centered approach versus techno-centered approach in enterprise networking.

- Automation and safety and security issues in society.

- Education and training versus expansion of industrial and manufacturing systems.

- Automation of Human-centered systems and Society.

- Automation and machine-assisted thinking versus social security and development of society.


Working group

Three working groups operate to support these particular objectives:

  1. Perspectives of an Human-centred systems engineering
  2. Cyber-Physical-Social Systems