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date: 23 February 2020

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Nowadays, in dynamic situations where human operators do not fully control the course of events, they are confronted with almost autonomous machines (automation) acting within the same workspace. This state of affairs actually opens the need for an extension of a human-human interaction viewpoint to a human-machine cooperation framework. Each human or artificial agent’s task can interfere with the others’ tasks, so the machine- or human-centered system design viewpoints should be extended to a human-machine system centered design perspective, where functions are allocated and their interference managed in order to perform the overall task of the system. This chapter stresses the need for this extension in order to identify human-machine cooperation activities and to consider the implications of function allocation on human-machine cooperation, beyond the level of automation framework.

Keywords: ergonomics, design, human-machine system, human-machine cooperation, function allocation

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