Open seminar: Human Aspects in Automation

Wed 7.3.2018 at 9-12
Aalto Design Factory, Betonimiehenkuja 5C, Espoo (Otaniemi)

DIMECC D4V program is organizing a seminar on Human Aspects in Automation. The program is a collaborative research effort in which the aim is to enable a fully autonomous supply chain.

Agenda of the seminar

9:00 Opening: Human Aspects & D4V program (Virpi Roto, Aalto University & Hannu Karvonen, VTT)

9:20 Engineering (partly-)autonomous interactive systems: Is it possible to bring together Usability, User Experience and Dependability?
Prof. Philippe Palanque, IRIT (Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research)

9:55 Amplification of the Human Mind and Intervention User Interfaces: New Interaction Paradigms in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.
Prof. Albrecht Schmidt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10:30 Coffee

10:50 Panel: Captain of an Autonomous Ship?
Panel: Philippe Palanque, Albrecht Schmidt, Rami Leponiemi (Rolls Royce Marine), and Päivi Haikkola (DIMECC)
Discussion moderators: Hannu Karvonen & Virpi Roto

12:00 Closing

The seminar is open to everybody. Please register here by February 28th, 2018.

For additional information
about seminar: prof. Virpi Roto (virpi.roto@aalto.fi)
about the Design for Value program: Ülo Parts (ulo.parts@dimecc.com)

The seminar slides can be found here:

Opening: Human Aspects & D4V program

Engineering (partly-)autonomous interactive systems: Is it possible to bring together Usability, User Experience and Dependability?

Amplification of the Human Mind and Intervention User Interfaces: New Interaction Paradigms in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.


Engineering (partly-)autonomous interactive systems: Is it possible to bring together Usability, User Experience and Dependability?

Automation is widely integrated in interactive systems both at interaction techniques level and at application level. The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community is currently investing a vast amount of resources in the design and evaluation of “new” user interfaces and interaction techniques, leaving the correct functioning of these interfaces at the discretion of the helpless developers. However, designing interactive systems should provide operators with both usable and reliable systems. This talk will present possible research directions and their benefits for combining several complementary approaches to engineer interactive critical systems. The presentation will highlight the benefits of (and the need for) an integrated framework for the iterative design of operators’ procedures and tasks, training material and the interactive system itself. Examples will be taken from interactive cockpits on large civil commercial aircrafts (such as the A380), satellite ground segment application and Air Traffic Control workstations.

Philippe Palanque is professor in Computer Science at the University Toulouse 3 and is head of the ICS (Interactive Critical Systems) research group at IRIT. Since 2001 he works on research projects in the area of civil aviation. He is now involved in the specification of future interactive cockpits and in the modelling of operational states of civil aircraft (with direct support from and close collaboration with Airbus). He is the secretary of the IFIP Working group 13.5 on Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development and is steering committee chair of the CHI conference series at ACM SIGCHI. He is a member of the CHI academy and chair of IFIP Technical Committee on Human-Computer Interaction (TC13). He edited and co-edited more than twenty books or conference proceedings and co-authored more than 200 refereed publications in international conferences and journals including the “Handbook on Formal Methods in Human-Computer Interaction” published by Springer in 2017.

Amplification of the Human Mind and Intervention User Interfaces: New Interaction Paradigms in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

The use and development of tools is strongly linked to human evolution and intelligence. Physical tools, from the wheel to the plane and from knife to production machines, have transformed what people can do and how people live. Currently, we are at the beginning of an even more fundamental transformation fueled by artificial intelligence and autonomous systems: the use of digital tools to amplify the mind. Digital technologies provide us with entirely new opportunities to (1) enhance the perceptual and cognitive abilities of humans and (2) to delegate intermediate decisions and to interact on a different level of granularity. In our research we create novel digital technologies that systematically explore how to enhance human cognition and perception. We aim at creating an efficient and pleasant cooperation between intelligent systems driven by artificial intelligence and human actors. If such a cooperation is successful, the resulting human-technology-system will outperform the technical system without a human user.

Albrecht Schmidt is professor for Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media in the computer science department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany. He held several prior academic positions at different universities, including Stuttgart, Cambridge, Duisburg-Essen, and Bonn and also worked as a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute and at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. In his research, he investigates the inherent complexity of human-computer interaction in ubiquitous computing environments, particularly in view of increasing computer intelligence and system autonomy. Over the years, Albrecht worked on automotive user interfaces, tangible interaction, interactive public display systems, interaction with large high-resolution screens, and physiological interfaces. Most recently, he focuses on how information technology can provide cognitive and perceptual support to amplify the human mind. To investigate this further, he received in 2016 a ERC Consolidator grant. Albrecht has co-chaired several SIGCHI conferences; he is in the editorial board of ACM TOCHI, edits a forum e.g. in ACM Interactions.


In the beginning of his career, Rami Leponiemi sailed on tankers, ro-ro and passenger vessels, and icebreakers. Later, he was as a pilot and a chief pilot on the West Coast of Finland for 13 years. Since August 2017, Rami has been working in the Rolls Royce Marine’s Ship Intelligence department as a Remote Operator Centre (ROC) Captain for the development of remote and autonomous shipping.





Päivi Haikkola is currently heading One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem. Päivi has a long history of working with marine related companies. She started her career in the nineties consulting and meeting marine customers around the world. Since then she has worked with various strategic development projects in the pulp & paper and telecommunications industries apart from her many assignments in the marine industries. She has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on various topics and has been asked to join international maritime awards panels.

Päivi has held several administrative positions in the past and worked both at shipyards and suppliers to the marine industry. Among other positions, she has previously worked as Head of R&D, Marketing Director and Administrative Manager, she has also acted as a board member. Päivi holds a Master’s Degree in Economics (Business Administration) and Naval Architecture.

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