Designing Human-centred Technology

A Cross-disciplinary Project in Computer-aided Manufacturing

  • Howard Rosenbrock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Howard Rosenbrock
    Pages 1-15
  3. Howard Rosenbrock
    Pages 17-35
  4. Roger Holden
    Pages 65-80
  5. Allan Chatterton
    Pages 117-121
  6. Harold Palmer
    Pages 123-131
  7. Mike Cooley
    Pages 133-143
  8. Shaun Murphy
    Pages 145-168
  9. Howard Rosenbrock
    Pages 169-172
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 173-208

About this book


This second book in our series Artificial Intelligence and Society explores the issues involved in the design and application of human-centred systems in the manufacturing area. At first glance it may appear that a book on this topic is somewhat peripheral to the main concerns of the series. In fact, although starting from an engineering perspective, the book addresses some of the pivotal issues confronting those who apply new technology in general and artificial intelligence (AI) systems in particular. Above all, the book invites us to consider whether the present applications of technology are such as to make the best use of human skill and ingenuity and at the same time provide for realistic and economically sustainable systems design solutions. To do so it is necessary to provide systems which support the skill, and are amenable to the cultures, of the areas of application in question. In a philosophical sense it means providing tools to support skills rather than machines which replace them, to use Heidegger's distinction. The book gives an authoritative account of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) tradition of human-centredness and provides a participatory design ap­ proach which focuses on collaborative learning and enhancement and creation of new skills. It also argues that collaboration should be supported by institutions through the creation of supportive infrastructures and research environments. It emphasises the optimisation of practical knowledge with the help of scientific knowledge and rejects the alternative.


CIM automation computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer-aided manufacturing computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) control evolution heuristics intelligence learning manufacturing programming sketch sketching uncertainty

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard Rosenbrock
    • 1
  1. 1.LindenHerefordshireUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-19567-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-1717-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-0856
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