Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering

Design of Human Machine Cooperation

Two day workshop

A workshop on trending topics in industrial automation and the implications of these trends on the safe cooperation between Man and Intelligent Machines; including new guidelines for Human Machine Interfaces.

The workshop addresses automation on industrial scale, such as: in process industry, logistics, traffic control, maritime, and manufacturing.

Workshop days can be joined independently.

Day I: Trending Topics in Automation

  • What is really new and valuable in trends such as: IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Industry 4.0, MES (Manufacturing Execution System) and Autonomous Machines?
  • Cooperative production systems include a Human Factor.
  • Guidelines for safe and reliable human control with intelligent automation.

Day II: Advancing the Human Machine Interface

  • Integral design for multi-platform interfaces. E.g., consistent design of control and information on a variety of platforms and devices, from wearables to desktops and video walls.
  • Human Perception: transforming lots of data into decision support and situational awareness.
  • Alarming and events: avoiding message inflation while keeping the human in control when off-normals occur.
  • Controlling: Safe interaction dialogues and consistent control on a variety of devices.

Presenter: Erik Mulder  Eur.Erg,  ErgoS Human Factors Engineering.

Erik has a broad and long experience in human control of automated systems. He was the main designer for Human Factors in automation for systems in Traffic (Rail, Road, Water) Oil&Gas, Energy distribution and diagnosed many failures in Human Factors of office automation.
He is co-owner and director of ErgoS Human Factors Engineering.


Attendees can be decision makers, process engineers, production designers, interaction designers, and automation project managers. Human Factors professionals are most welcome. Workshop days can be joined independently.

Total price for two days, including drinks and lunches is € 1100,- excl.VAT
Single days will cost € 600,- excl.VAT.
Members of HumanFactors.NL pay 10% less.

Please use for registration or use the online form in the menu option  ‘Inschrijven’ (Dutch).
Phone +31 (0)53 428 0500 for any question.

The Workshop will be organized at a minimum registration of 5 attendees. The number of attendees will not exceed 12 to secure attention to individual situations.
The location will be decided on in contact with attendees; somewhere in The Netherlands.

Detailed program Day I:

Trending Topics in Automation

9:00       Registration, introduction of attendees.

9:30       Introduction

  • Human Factors (HFs) and agenda
  • identifying automation trends
  • identifying HF issues

10:30     Human decision making

  • vigilance
  • humans in/out of the control loop
  • situational awareness

11:30     Hands on case

  • identify issues
  • analyze and design for issues

12:30 lunch

13:30     Too much data, too little information

  • what do people need for decision making?
  • presenting data, info graphics
  • control by exception, event filtering

14:00     Hands on case

  • ideation for data aggregation
  • conceptual design for event filtering

14:45     Analyzing human tasks in automation

  • situation analysis
  • interviewing and observing
  • identifying important process characteristics

15:15     Cooperating with autonomous machines

  • automation levels
  • cross industry: learning from aviation
  • main guidelines for artificial intelligence

15:45     Hands on: discovering flaws in intelligent systems

16:15     Conclusions and evaluation

16:30     Drink, bite, networking

Detailed program Day II:

Advancing the Human Machine Interface

9:00       Registration, introduction of attendees.

9:30       Introduction

  • Human Factors (HFs) and agenda
  • key features of today’s displays, controls and devices

10:00     Interactive: identifying HF issues in displays and devices

10:30     Human perception

  • basic principles
  • sensors, perceiving, understanding
  • colors, coding
  • alphanumerics

11:30     Monitoring, schematics, overviews

  • types and hierarchy of display
  • essence of overwiew displays

12:00     Interactive: composing an overview screen

12:30 lunch

13:30     Schematics, off-normals, alarms

  • efficient schematics, power graphics
  • race for attention
  • roadmap to schematic design

14:30     Hands on: designing a schematic

15:15     Interactive: HMI design cases

  • Internet of Things, what to do with data overload
  • Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

16:00     Summarizing design principles

16:15     Conclusions and evaluation

16:30     Drink, bite, networking

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