[Translate to English:] Eine menschliche Hand und eine Roboterhand, die sich beinahe berühren.

Welcome to the research area Human-Machine Interaction

Welcome to the website of the research area Human-Machine Interaction at the Institute of Management Sciences of the Vienna University of Technology - BMK Endowed Chair "Human Centered Cyber Physical Production and Assembly Systems" within the project funding of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.

In addition to the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, the companies FACC AG, Siemens AG Austria, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, BRP-Rotax GmbH & Co. KG and BECOM Electronics GmbH support the establishment of the chair.

Motivation und Objective

In addition to unchanged high competitive pressure, industrial production and value creation in Central Europe are subject to a new thrust triggered by industrially usable, networked, digitalization and automation solutions. This technology-induced development trend, which has become known in research, industry and politics under the buzzword "Industry 4.0", leads to new forms of production planning and control via the intelligent networking of people, machines, tools, containers and other objects. This is accompanied by a change in production work in terms of its organization, its work equipment, its division of labor between man and machine, its work content and the skills and qualifications required for it. At the same time, the way in which production systems are designed is changing in the direction of agile, IT-supported planning and control with the aid of new tools from the industrial implementation of the Internet of Things.

The orientation of assembly design to the challenges of the future, both in technological terms and in the development of healthy and age-appropriate production systems, must remain a central social concern. In order to be optimally positioned for these developments, the endowed professorship "Human Centered Cyber Physical Production and Assembly Systems" (HCCPPAS) was established at the Institute of Management Sciences at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management Sciences of the Vienna University of Technology.

The topic Human Centered Cyber Physical Production and Assembly Systems describes the design, use and further development of digitally networked assembly systems in the sense of an integrated socio-technical work system design. The main objective is human-centered work design in the sense of human-technology interaction. In doing so, design aspects are to be dealt with as a matter of priority, which at the same time positively influence the future viability and competitiveness at the location. Research and teaching of the HCCPAS department are therefore oriented towards the interface of the research disciplines production, industrial science and technology management.  

The continuous creation of prototypical demonstrators in the pilot factory Industrie 4.0 of the Vienna University of Technology in Vienna-Aspern in close coordination with the participating institutes MIVP, IFT and IMW takes a central position.