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January 30, 2017 Written by Benjamin Hadorn
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HumanOS SmartGateway Trial Version for FANUC and OPC-UA is ready

HumanOS SmartGateway for FANUC Controls

As part of the HumanOS™ project, we offer a comprehensive OPC UA server for FANUC controllers. This intelligent and high-performance gateway allows you to connect your machines and robots with MES, ERP, cloud applications and remote maintenance services.

NEW TRIAL Version is available for download.

Finally, the book is ready to print :-))

http://www.igi-global.com/book/designing-human-machine-symbiosis-using/167460

Demand for integral and sustainable solutions is on the rise. As new ways of defining reality emerge, this generates the progression of more humanistic and sustainable construction of operating systems.

Designing for Human-Machine Symbiosis Using the URANOS Model: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a pivotal reference source for the latest research on human-centered system modeling and methods to provide a generic system model to describe complex non-linear systems. Featuring extensive coverage across a range of relevant topics, such as pervasive computing systems, smart environments, and smart industrial machines, this book is ideally designed for researchers, engineers, and professionals seeking current research on the integration of human beings and their natural, informational, and socio-cultural environments into system design.

July 28, 2016 Written by Benjamin Hadorn

Some Streams of Systemic Thought

In terms of systems thinking, an extensive map of related work and their influences is presented by the International Institute for General Systems Studies (IIGSS, 2001). This map was originated by E. Schwarz in 1996. It includes the influences of researchers in the domains of mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, cybernetics, systemics, biology, ecology, sociology and philosophy fromancient times to the present.

With the permission of Jeffrey Yi-Lin Forrest (director of IIGSS), we update the map and add recent work in the field of cybernetics, systemics and coordination. Because the latest source files of that map are missing, we completely redraw it. We choose graphml, an open source format for graph design.

Legend of Map

The map encompasses different nodes and edges. The nodes denote topics, such as scientific work or research areas. Major influences between the topics are illustrated by directed edges. The map uses a color-code to show the major scientific realm of nodes and edges:

  • white: general system
  • red: cybernetics
  • black: physical sciences
  • blue: mathematics
  • dark red: computers & informatics
  • green: biology & medicine
  • yellow: symbolic systems
  • orange: social systems
  • light green: ecology
  • gray: philosophy
  • cyan: systems analysis
  • purple: engineering

History

Following list illustrates the origin and updates from the map.

  • Originated in 1996 by Dr. Eric Schwarz, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • Extended in 1998, including items from the "The Story of Philosophy" by Will Durant (1933).
  • Elaborated in 2000-2001 from many sources for the International Institute for General Systems Studies.
  • Extended in 2016 by Benjamin Hadorn, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Your contribution: Feel free to extend and correct the graph. Please send an updated version to us in order to keep a current version online.
Thanks.

July 28, 2016 Written by Benjamin Hadorn
Published in Publications

Towards Human-Centered Cyber-Physical Systems: A Modeling Approach

In this paper we present a new CPS model that considers humans as holistic beings, where mind and body operate as a whole and characteristics like creativity and empathy emerge. These characteristics influence the way humans interact and collaborate with technical systems. Our vision is to integrate humans as holistic beings within CPS in order to move towards a human-machine symbiosis. This paper outlines a model for human-centered cyber-physical systems (HCPSs) that is based on our holistic system model URANOS. The model integrates human skills and values to make them accessible to the technical system, similarly to the way they are accessible to humans in human-to-human interaction. The goal is to reinforce the human being in his feeling of being in control of his life experience in a world of smart technologies. It could also help to reduce human bio-costs like stress, job fears, etc. The proposed model is illustrated by the case study of smart industrial machines, dedicated machines for smart factories, where we test the human integration through conversation.
Cyber physical systems (CPSs) are built of physical components that are integrated into the cyber (virtual) world of computing. Whereas there are many open questions and challenges, such as time modeling, interaction between cyber and physical components, our research focuses on how humans can be holistically integrated. Our vision is to link human intelligence with CPS in order to get a smart partner for daily human activities. This will bring new system characteristics enabling to cope with self-awareness, cognition and creativity as well as the co-evolution of human-machine-symbiosis. In this sense, we state that drawing borders between virtual and physical or between users and technical artifacts is misleading. In contrast to that, we aim to treat the system as a whole. To achieve this, the paper presents a generic coordination model based on third-order cybernetics. In particular, the holistic integration of humans and other living systems into CPSs is presented, which leads toward human-centered CPSs.
July 28, 2016 Written by Benjamin Hadorn
Published in Publications

Holistic System Modelling for Cyber Physical Systems

Cyber physical systems (CPS) are built of physical components that are integrated into the cyber (virtual) world of computing. Such systems offer many open questions and challenges, such as time modelling, big data mining, system awareness, coordinating activities and managing collaboration within and with external systems. Many of the published work focusses on how virtual and physical systems can be designed, coordinated and managed. We argue that drawing a borderline between virtual and physical is misleading the design of CPS especially for the integration of humans. In this paper, we present a holistic modelling approach to enhance classical CPS towards human-centered CPS. The approach is based on our generic coordination model. The goal is not to create human-like systems, but rather a holistic integration of enactive entities (e.g. humans, animals, plants, cells) into CPS. Closely connected to this integration is also the understanding and modelling of cognitive coordination. We argue that this approach could enable CPS to integrate human intelligence and to become a smart partner for daily human activities.
July 27, 2016 Written by Benjamin Hadorn
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A Holistic Approach to Cognitive Coordination

A new holistic approach defining and dealing with coordination in smart environments is presented. Coordination has been studied for many years, but a holistic approach from a generic theoretical model to a pervasive application has never been proposed. Our approach defines a generic model in order to understand and develop coordination aspects at a high level of abstraction. The model should help to analyse and design context-, activity- and situation-aware applications for smart environments. But, it should also be generic enough to be applicable to other problem domains. In this paper we focus only on the modelling part. Our model is built of an abstraction continuum, starting with the notion of entity, interaction, evolution and rules. The notion of enactive entity is introduced on the most abstract level of the continuum. It encompasses consciousness and intentional behaviour, thus leading to cognitive coordination.
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