Short title: IdealWork

Long title: Inclusive Design and Development of Individualizeable Work Systems in Manufacturing

Assignment to our research priorities:

  • Cross Disciplinary requirement analysis of individualizeable work systems in manufacturing
  • Qualitative interview study with academic and industry experts
  • Development of a framework for inclusive design of individualizeable work systems
  • Implementation of a framework and demonstration of a proof-of-concept individualizeable work system

Sponsor: TU Wien

Duration: 2022 - present


Design paradigms in industrial engineering rely on standards and universal guidelines. Universal design significantly ignores marginalized groups of people and rather focuses on fitting work systems to average workers. The IdealWork, in contrast, establishes a novel theoretical framework for inclusive design of individualizeable work systems in the context of manufacturing. The main hypothesis of IdealWork is that multiplication of the requirements and influential factors in design of individualizeable cyber-physical-socio work systems leads to a complexity in optimal, inclusive design and implementation of manufacturing systems. IdealWork establishes a hybrid approach for inclusive design of individualizeable work systems, where the scope of traditional industrial engineering methods are extended by employing i) Human-centered Design and User-Sensitive Inclusive Design methods, ii) Data-driven methods and iii) Knowledge Management approaches for modeling human-AI cooperation in manufacturing.


  • Explore modeling and analysis of requirements for inclusive design of individualized future work systems
  • Providing a scalable procedural model for enhancing the human-oriented design

Contact details:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Fazel Ansari
Phone: +43 1 58801 33049

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Schlund
Phone: +43 1 58801-33054


MSc. Atieh Karbasi, BSc.