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Human Computer Interaction Perspectives on Industry 4.0

Human Computer Interaction Perspectives on Industry 4.0

Workshop at I-KNOW 2016
October 18-19, 2016
Messe Congress Graz, Austria

Today we are facing a new era of industrial automation and interconnection which drives the transition of human workplaces. New technologies but also novel business processes lead to a shift of worker related requirements at the data-intensive manufacturing workplace on the shop floor or in knowledge-intensive maintenance field operations. HCI research is already dealing with these new challenges by developing and providing practical assistance solutions which bring together again the power of industrial automation with the flexibility of human intelligence.

This workshop aims to pick up and present examples of best practice and lessons learned from researching and rolling out novel methods and technologies for worker focused assistance under industrial conditions. The topics of interest here include, but are not limited to:

Cognitive support and cognitive automation for human sense making and decision making processes
Visual assistance with augmented or virtual reality for complex data or knowledge-intensive work tasks
Smart and situated learning for a professional and self-directed work life on the shop floor
Data usability for enabling the worker to deal intuitively with complex and heterogeneous data

Both scientists as well as industrial participants are invited to contribute to the workshop with their own work related to the mentioned topics. We accept scientific papers with a maximum of 4 pages (ACM SIGCHI Paper Format) and industrial best-practice examples (description not longer than 2 pages).

Scientific submissions undergo a peer review process to assure high quality content being presented. Industrial best-practice examples are curated by the workshop editors. Accepted contributions from scientific and industrial participants are given a 5-10 minute time slot to present the major findings and lessons learned from their work.

If technically possible, presenters are cordially invited to bring with them hands-on experiences for the workshop.
Workshop Design

The workshop is intended to be a means for bringing together scientific excellence from multiple fields and industrial demands in a vivid dialog. Therefore, it encourages scientists in the field of manufacturing, production management, computer science and psychology to participate with their scientific contribution and to provide interesting stimuli as well as research insights. Vice versa it focuses on the industrial audience which searches for answers and partnerships in todays’ discussion of emerging Industry 4.0 terms and claims.

We are aiming with the workshop at the growing demand of exchanging not ideas but real experiences (including questions arising from practice) on how Industry 4.0 works best without leaving the human worker behind. Here, we want to discuss with our scientific and industrial audience both sides of the story: the abilities but also the borders and limitations of today’s solutions.
Publication Format

All accepted contributions will be listed on a workshop website, and accepted papers will be made available for download on the workshop website if the authors agree.

In addition, the best accepted workshop contributions will be suggested by the workshop editors for inclusion in additional conference proceedings in the ACM digital library.
i-KNOW Ticket Discounts

In order to support the scientific community we offer reduced prices to workshop participants: €390 for the full 2 day conference. This is not visible on the i-KNOW website. Workshop participants will receive a promotion code for the reduced pricing.
Workshop Organizers

Mario Aehnelt (Fraunhofer IGD Rostock, Germany)
Viktoria Pammer-Schindler (Graz University of Technology, Know-Center Graz, Austria)
Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Eduardo Enrique Veas (Know-Center Graz, Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Important Deadlines

Deadline Workshop Papers: July 25, 2016
Accept/Reject Notification of Workshop Papers: August 22, 2016
Camera ready version of Workshop Papers: September 12, 2016
i-KNOW 2016 Conference in Graz: October 18-19, 2016


Questions regarding the workshop? Don’t hesitate to contact us:!

Requirements Bazaar – enable users and developers to innovate together (RE’13 best tool demo award)

Turning user requirements into solutions is a major challenge of software development. It is tough bazaarfor developers to fulfill the user’s needs. Strikingly, often this is not due to a lack of technology but due to insufficient communication between users and developers. This issue is approached by the Requirements Bazaar.

Experiences from earlier projects showed that traditional requirements engineering techniques (interviews, focus groups, etc.) become virtually unfeasible in highly distributed settings involving multiple diverse domains. Usually, traditional techniques are challenged by a lack of scalability, increased efforts and travel expenses, numbers of end-users >> number of developers, lack of traceability, lack of unified process. The Requirements Bazaar and its underlying Social Requirements Engineering approach were developed to address exactly these challenges.

The Learning Layers Project is the perfect match for the application of a social requirements engineering process – multiple spatially distributed partners, test-beds in multiple domains, high demands for open source support. Thus, we employ the Requirements Bazaar as a platform for end-users and developers to elicit, negotiate, and prioritize requirements together. First, requirements for one overarching infrastructure for SME collaboration in domain clusters were collected and prioritized by end-user contributed votings. In the context of task T6.1, the requirements and prioritizations collected with the Requirements Bazaar served as input for the construction of a House of Quality document. Furthermore, the informal comments posted by end-users on the Requirements Bazaaron individual requirements helped to clarify misunderstandings and elaborate requirements. In the further development process in Learning Layers we envision to employ the Requirements Bazaar again for requirements engineering wrt. to mobile applications to be developed for the two domain clusters from construction and healthcare.

The Requirements Bazaar has been included as  a demo by the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering. The 21st IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, July 15th-19th, 2013. We will present the software there and report about our experiences in the Learning Layers Project.

Update: The Requirements Bazaar was awarded the best tool demo of RE’13. In contrast to previous years, best poster and tool demo awards were judged by the conference audience. Each conference participant could vote by attaching sticky notes in different colors standing for different amounts of points. Our demo received by far the most sticky notes with “good colors” in comparison to the 7 other demos. In the end, we won the prestigious RE’13 Best Tool Demo award.

Dominik Renzel, Malte Behrendt, Ralf Klamma, Matthias Jarke: An Open Requirements Bazaar for Social Requirements Engineering in the Long Tail, accepted for IEEE RE 2013.

Abstract—Current globalized service orientation poses great challenges to traditional Requirements Engineering (RE). The innovation potential of specialized niche communities often re- mains inaccessible to service providers due to a lack of effective negotiation between these two groups. Social Requirements Engineering (SRE) aims at bringing together communities and service providers into such a negotiation process. Communities should be supported to express and trace their requirements and eventually receive a realization. Service providers should be supported in discovering relevant innovative requirements to maximize impact with a realization. Addressing these challenges, this paper presents the Requirements Bazaar, a browser-based social software for SRE. In particular, we focus on four aspects: requirements specification, a workflow for co-creation, workspace integration and personalizable requirements prioritization.

… read more about it here (also you can test it)