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Human technology systems approach



​In-depth understanding of human activity and work practices

Coping with complexity necessitates the applying of systemic approaches and shared methods that are based on the understanding of the interdependencies between technologies and social practices. We offer research on human activity that focuses on evaluating efficiency and safety of human-system collaboration, understanding the role of tools in work, integrating human factors and systems engineering, and developing systematic design processes by applying appropriate ethnographic or/and experimental methods. The focus of interest is in work processes, learning in work, knowledge sharing, considering knowledge as a shared asset and the life-cycle management.

Modelling to make complex systems intelligible​

We offer concept design and conceptual modelling for representing findings and generalising results of the human activity studies; for ideating and designing of new products and services and for visualising the system operation concepts and dynamics. Human-driven innovation and design is supported by effective use of virtual prototyping. Virtual environments and model-based design are effective instruments for early system evaluations, reproduction of work processes and co-design environments. In concept design and modelling we employ participatory approach for empowering users to influence their future work, work tools and environments. With co-design we can also utilise the innovation potential of other stakeholders.

Innovative leap to the future​

To succeed and grow in the competitive markets of today, companies need to create fresh business opportunities. One way to create these opportunities is to develop future-oriented and innovative product concepts, and visualise them in engaging ways for customers, media, and other stakeholders. This can be done with VTT’s new future-orientated Innoleap concept design approach, which bases on trend and user studies, consumer understanding, work analysis, co-innovation, and reflective approaches including design- and foresight methods. We aim to understand future living and working contexts with the emphasis on human factors and the impact of the emerging technologies on human experience.