Human factors in systems engineering


Human factors in systems engineering


​In the increasingly technology-mediated world, successful design solutions need to be appropriate for their purposes and fit for human use. VTT is studying human and organizational factors within complex socio-technical systems in order to benefit business and organizations. We provide services that place human experience and mindful human control in the centre of system design.

We do this by studying human activity from diverse perspectives: skills and competences, decision-making, team-work, learning, trust, etc. with special emphasis on understanding the role of tools, technologies and ecologies. We study, model and develop new solutions and technologies for use to achieve better products, services, systems, and work practices. We aim to understand the working context with the emphasis on the value and impact of the emerging technologies through participatory co-design processes. Based on the research, verification and validation we furthermore create concepts for human and organisational oversight.

Key competences

• Human factors and ergonomics
• Work analysis and field trials
• Modelling and simulation
• Interaction tools such as virtual and augmented reality services and mobile and wearable interaction
• Service design
• User experience design
• Future-oriented innovation.

Our main customers are in energy sector, machine industry, metals and manufacturing business. Our partners are different public sector actors and research funding organisations.​

​Control room modernisation (for nuclear power plant)


In nuclear power plant information and control system
(I &C) modernization, the control rooms are also upgraded. Systemic assessment of the impacts on the operator work and training needs are required for maintaining the operational safety. We have developed a control room evaluation approach, which enables validation of the appropriateness of the new systems. In the approach we have assessed the safety, usability and training needs solutions of the new control room.
Control room modernisation (for nuclear power plant)


Developing of cab ergonomics (for mining machines)​


Human factors must be studied before finalising the concept design in the mining machine cab design analyses. Early evaluations in a virtual laboratory are cost-effective and enable even more radical design modifications. Utilising virtual environments in the analysis enables proactive assessment of the developed solutions. Active user involvement in the design process is ensured by employing participatory methods to research. 
Developing of cab ergonomics (for mining machines)​

Future concept design (Rolls Royce Marine)


​For illustrating future remote operation concepts, we have designed future ship bridge concepts as a part of maritime industry renewal. The objectives for the solutions have considered safety, efficiency of operations, and the well-being of the crew. The concepts for Rolls Royce Marine have been illustrated with concept pictures and 3D -animaterd concept videos.
Future concept design (Rolls Royce Marine)


​Our current technological knowledge and future research interests are especially on industrial Internet, automation, maintenance, autonomous machines and robotics. 

Our current partners include:

• Energy sector: Fortum, TVO, STUK
• Metals and Manufacturing: Metso, Rolls-Royce, Kone, Sandvik, Cargotec, Valmet
• Public sector: Finnish Defence Forces, Hospital districts, Ministries
• Research Funding: EU, Safir, Tekes, FIMECC, Digile. ​

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Tel. +358 20 722 7070
Opening hours Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 15:00,
UTC +2 time zone