By N. Roszenich (auth.), J. Forslin, P. Kopacek (eds.)
In October of final yr specialists from varied examine disciplines, like keep watch over engineering, structures engineering, sociology, artwork, philosophy, and politics met in Krems (Austria) to debate the interaction among contemporary advancements in automation and the tradition and social framework, with specific emphasis at the ways within the East and the West. major themes of those extensive discussions have been know-how layout, automation software program and tradition, social stipulations, schooling, machine and artwork, layout of man-machine-systems, CIM and tradition in addition to acceptable tools for interdisciplinary examine. a range of papers offered at this convention are available during this volume.
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We now use the respective techniques, methods and tools regularly in our projects. What is more important, we know that, according to Livingston (Livingston, 1988), the human inability to deal with complex matters and situations is the most important single source of problems in modem automation projects. So in the future, we plan to pay more attention in control system development to human factors, as well as to strategies for solving complex problems. Considering all the above, we are now able more correctly to define what makes an automation project successful.
In addition the special aspects of each vocation are captured so that users can move within 21 different situations. Each of these situations contains two elements: a) presentation of information and b) interaction with the user. In the info-field "income" of the hairdresser for example. the user is asked, what a hairdresser might earn after five years in the job. 3). The user has to think over the question, has to decide on an answer and to compare it with the feed-back she/he will get then from the program.
First, we will give a proposal of automation success factors formed from an informal inquiry in which about two dozen of professionals, involved in automation, either as users or makers, have been asked for their personal opinion about this topic. Second, the spectrum of activities of our department will be described briefly. It was formed some years ago in an attempt to suit local needs in Slovenia for computer-based control on the research, development as well as in the application level. Third, we will mention a proposal for organizing national resources in Slovenia, involved in process automation.