Human practice in the life cycle of complex systems: Challenges and methods

Maaria Nuutinen (Editor), Juha Luoma (Editor)

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    This book describes the current and near future challenges in work and traffic environments in light of the rapid technology development. It focuses on the following domains: road and vessel traffic, nuclear power production, automatic mining, steel factory and the pulp and paper industry. Each example concerns complex technical systems where human practice and behaviour has an important role for the safety, efficiency and productivity of the system. The articles illustrate the enormous field of human-related research when considering the design, validation, implementation, operation and maintenance of complex socio-technical systems. Nevertheless, these 14 chapters are only examples of the range of questions related to the issue. The authors of the book are VTT experts in work or traffic psychology and research, system usability, risk and safety analysis, virtual environments and they have experience in studying different domains. This book is an attempt to open up the complex world of human-technology interaction for readers facing practical problems with complex systems. It is aimed to help a technical or organisational designer, a policy-maker, an expert or "a user", the one who works or lives within the technology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages151
    ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6676-9
    ISBN (Print)951-38-6675-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Publications


    • complex systems
    • human-technology interaction
    • human practices
    • safety critical systems
    • traffic information services
    • user-centered design
    • nuclear power
    • mining
    • steel industry
    • pulp and paper industry


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