Human Factors in Software Projects for Complex Industrial Processes
Process industry has a need to increase product quality while also reducing operating costs and environmental footprint. However, a plant comprises of a complex set of dynamic processes, as well as human operators that control the processes. The best improvement is achieved by an extensive intervention of both aspects. In practice, human factor aspects have often a marginal role in carrying out a technical project. This has not been the case in the present, EU-funded project. The systematic inclusion of human factors perspective requires parallel and collaborative proceeding of technical development and human factors. The flexible approach is central as the human matters not only affects technical development but is also involved with the usage context of the new technical solution.
KeywordsHuman factors Process industry Optimization
This work was supported by the COCOP-project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 723661. This paper reflects only the author’s views and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.