BF-SCOLA (Smart Collaboration for Industrial Applications)


The ever-increasing digitalization of production (“Industry 4.0”) leads to new challenges at monitoring and controlling technical production processes. Employees observe half-automated machinery in great quantities and complexity, while these machines are often interconnected and even act autonomously. The main task of employees is the identification and swift elimination of quality issues and malfunctions. This shift in the working environment leads to an increased demand for Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) interfaces with high usability (ISO 9241-11) and a positive user experience (ISO 9241-210) to achieve well operable and visualized process data and parameters. Ideally, HCI should thereby adapt to individual users’ knowledge and needs, e.g., an operation manager should immediately be able to view key figures about the production process of some plant while a shift supervisor should see all relevant events or malfunctions of the production process.

Additionally, a collaboration between several employees is decisive, e.g. to help out each other in the event of a malfunction, to learn and teach new solutions, or to combine different views of some matter. Therefore, the interaction with machinery and according visualization should not only be more user-friendly on an individual level but also support groups through collaborative interaction. E.g., in a training situation it should be made possible for two or more persons to interact with a touch sensitive user interface (UI) or visualization; another example would be mentors, experienced colleagues or shift supervisors that are consulted when some problem occurs. However, current HCI and usage concepts in the industrial context are primarily concerned with single-user UIs which leaves out a lot of potential for collaboration.

This is where SCOLA comes in and aims at the creation of innovative HCI concepts in the areas interaction/collaboration as well as visualization by starting two pilot projects in these areas.


Research program

UA Basic Promotion

This project ist co-financed by research subsidies granted by the government of Upper Austria. 
T. Neumayr, H. C. Jetter, M. Augstein, J. Friedl, T. Luger - Domino: A Descriptive Framework for Hybrid Collaboration and Coupling Styles in Partially Distributed Teams - Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 2, No. 128, 2018, pp. 24 more
T. Neumayr, M. Augstein, H. C. Jetter - Phases and Success Criteria of Collaboration in the Ubiquity Era - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Advances in Mobile Computing and Multimedia, Salzburg, Austria, 2017 more
T. Plank, H. C. Jetter, R. Rädle, T. Luger, C. Klokmose, H. Reiterer - Is Two Enough?! Studying Benefits, Barriers, and Biases of Multi-Tablet Use for Collaborative Visualization - Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '17), Denver, CO, USA, United States… more