Location to be decided.

Tentative abstract:

During the last decades, the industry has been undergoing extensive digitization leading to complex ensembles of humans, machines, autonomous agents, and sensors. With this new setup comes the challenge of how to appropriately support work-practices of industrial operators who now need to monitor and control complex industrial processes through remote interfaces. Information overflow and restrictive interfaces are two significant problems that operators face in their daily routines. In this PhD, I explore approaches to visualization and interaction that would reduce industrial operators’ information load and enable them to perform their duties in an efficient, reliable, and safe manner. The industrial user and the context are the starting points of my research.

In this thesis, I describe multiple examples of custom-tailored data visualizations that reduce the operator’s visual load by consolidating large amounts of data into compact overview displays with often nontrivial data presentation. With respect to interaction, I propose several tangible and tactile interfaces, as well as concepts for natural interaction, that let the user freely interact with the control station rather than be its prisoner. Finally, I propose several concepts of adaptive systems that adjust to the operator’s context to ensure their high situational awareness and convenience of interaction.

Even though this thesis is primarily intended for the community of interaction designers, I expect it to be of interest to a broader audience due to its relation to the user experience field. To a certain extent, everyone can resonate with the user’s problems because, in our everyday life, we all are users of some technology and services. Furthermore, for a lay reader, this work lifts the veil of mystery from the industrial domain and can be seen as a comprehensive introduction to how the industry works and what role the human plays there.



Professor Virpi Roto, Aalto University

Professor Morten Fjeld, Chalmers

Docent Erik Prytz, LiU



Professor Thomas Porathe, NTNU Trondheim

View all events
We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active
The WASP website wasp-sweden.org uses cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a visitor’s computer and can be used to follow the visitor’s actions on the website. There are two types of cookie:
  • permanent cookies, which remain on a visitor’s computer for a certain, pre-determined duration,
  • session cookies, which are stored temporarily in the computer memory during the period under which a visitor views the website. Session cookies disappear when the visitor closes the web browser.
Permanent cookies are used to store any personal settings that are used. If you do not want cookies to be used, you can switch them off in the security settings of the web browser. It is also possible to set the security of the web browser such that the computer asks you each time a website wants to store a cookie on your computer. The web browser can also delete previously stored cookies: the help function for the web browser contains more information about this. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is the supervisory authority in this field. It provides further information about cookies on its website, www.pts.se.
Save settings
Cookies settings