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Smart Technology and Human-Machine Interaction in Highly-Automated Systems


The steadily increasing number of "smart" technology in automated systems (e.g. traffic systems) changes the relationship between humans and technology. Autonomous technology gains the status of an active co-player in human-machine interaction.

Hence, hybrid systems emerge, which are controlled by humans and machines. Challenging questions to sociological research on hybrid systems are:

  • What factors influence the formation of trust between human and machine?

  • How does the hybrid character of today¹s automated systems affect design issues, specifically in relation to the human-machine interface?

  • What are the potentials and risks of these new forms of co-action of human and smart technology?


Research Fields

  • Aviation
  • Traffic
  • Space flight
  • Automated decision-aids


  • Laboratory experiments
  • Computer simulation
  • Case studies
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Secondary analysis
  • Prospective technological review
  • Quantitative methods of empirical social research

Theoretical Approach

  • Sociological theories of distributed agency
  • Sociological theory of action
  • Actor network theory


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