Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems Studios

One of the most fundamental challenges in systems design is integrating the human as a part of the overarching system.

Our aim, as part of IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, is to incorporate the human as a system component without making it mechanistic in nature. Reciprocally, the founding principle of this studio is to incorporate human factors in sociotechnical systems from a holistic viewpoint sustaining the lived experience of the human as well as the designed dimension of the system.

We are constantly on the lookout for quality PhD students and research staff. We also encourage industrial projects. Please contact Vivek!

Research

  • Theme 1
    Human Factors and Human Machine Interaction
  • - Human Machine Interaction and Operator Experience (OX)
    - Interaction Design and Cognition (Embodied, Embedded, Extended and Enactive)
    - Human Factors (Cognitive / Organizational)
    - Human Systems Integration


  • Theme 2
    Sociotechnical Systems
  • - Systems Design: Safety-Critical Systems, Mission-Critical Systems
    - Sociotechnical Risk, Resilience and Accident Analysis


  • Theme 3
    History and Philosophy of Design and Engineering

  • Application Areas
    • - Manufacturing
    • - Maintenance
    • - Defence
    • - Cyberphysical systems
    • - Internet-of-things
    • - Digitalization
    • - Next-generation work sectors

Courses

  • Course 1: Swayam
    Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) is central to supporting the design, evaluation, operation and maintenance of human-centric systems in a variety of disciplines ranging from and not limited to design, engineering and management. As a realm of knowledge, HFE transcends disciplinary boundaries. However, in its current practice in India, HFE has remained highly fractured in academic settings.

    HFE’s multifaceted nature is displayed in myriad instances in various silos of individual disciplines of design, engineering, psychology and physiology.The aim of this free course is to provide such a comprehensive transdisciplinary and holistic understanding and basic sensitivity towards HFE. This course will have a practical and positive effect on the manner in which HFE is engaged by professional sectors in India.

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  • Course 2: D'Source
    Human Machine Interaction Design
  • The aim of this course is to present an advanced primer for design for operator experience in complex technological systems. In this tutorial, design of interfaces in complex technological systems will be outlined briefly deriving from a few major texts and papers in this area that have been listed in the bibliography for further reading. Thus, this advanced primer serves as an invitation to explore the field of interaction design for complex systems.

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Publications

Papers (select)

Kant, V. & Sudakaran, J. S. (2021). Extending the Ecological Interface Design process—Integrated EID. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. 10.1002/hfm.20933

Kant, V. & Kerr, E. (2019). Taking Stock of Engineering Epistemology: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Philosophy & Technology. 32. 10.1007/s13347-018-0331-5

Kant, V. (2018). The sociotechnical constitution of cognitive work analysis: roles, affordances and malfunctions. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 19(2), 195–212. http://doi.org/10.1080/1463922X.2017.1311384

Kant, V. (2017). Muddling between science and engineering: an epistemic strategy for developing human factors and ergonomics as a hybrid discipline. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 3(2), 1–30. http://doi.org/10.1080/1463922X.2017.1414334

Kyriakidis, M., Kant, V., Amir, S., & Dang, V. N. (2017). Understanding human performance in sociotechnical systems – Steps towards a generic framework. Safety Science. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.07.008

Amir, S., & Kant, V. (2017). Sociotechnical Resilience: A Preliminary Concept. Risk Analysis, 38(1), 8–16. http://doi.org/10.1111/risa.12816

Kant, V. (2016). Cyber-physical systems as sociotechnical systems: a view towards human–technology interaction. Cyber-Physical Systems, 2(1-4), 75–109. http://doi.org/10.1080/23335777.2017.1289983

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People

Vivek Kant Ph.D.

Assistant professor
IDC School of Design
IIT Bombay

Current members

  • Stuti Swamiwal
  • Nidhin Joseph

Past members

  • Jonathan Mathew, MDes (IxD) P2 project 2018
  • Ridhima Tapia, MDes (IxD) DRS project 2019
  • Thuli Chishi, MDes (IxD) TA, 2018-2019
  • Vyom Kushwaha, BDes DRS project 2019; BDes Final Yr. Project 2019 (Co-Guide: Prof. R.Venkatesh)
  • Aishwary Khobragade, BDes System Design Project 2018; BDes DRS project 2019
  • Avyay R Kashyap, BDes System Design Project 2018; MDes TA, 2019-2020
  • Naicy Rajput, MDes Intern; NIFT Kannur, Jan-Mar, 2020
  • Saurabh Singh (Aero), Ajay Dangi (Aero), Sameer Fulzole (Aero), Shubhanshu Gupta (Aero), Tarun Vinjamuru (Elec); DE 403 Studio Project Jan-May 2020
  • Jayasurya SS, DRS + BDes Final Year Project 2020
  • Varun Vikash K, DRS + BDes Final Year Project 2020
  • Arun Babu K, MDes (MVD) Final Year Project 2020 (Co-Guide: Prof. Nishant Sharma)
  • Devendra Solanki (Chem), Saksham Garg (Mech), Saurabh Verma (Mech), Dhruvkant Sakhyawar (Met), Neeharika Swamy (Chem); DE 403/405 project
  • Gaurav Deolekar, Siddharth Sangwan, MDes P1 project, MVD (Co-guide: Prof. Sugandh Malhotra)
  • Yagya Mundra (Comp Sc), Shiven Raut (Env Sc. & Eng.), Shubojit Das (Metl. & Mat.Sc.), Shreya Kasliwal(Metl. & Mat.Sc.), Yagneswar Boddapati (Comp Sc.), Abhijeet Pandit (Chem), Riddhi Khetan (Chem), Ravi Jangir (Chem), Mohit Meena (Civil), Rahul Kumar Meena (Civil); DE 403 Studio Project Jan-May 2021
  • Aman Nim, MDes P2 project, MVD (Co-guide: Prof. Sugandh Malhotra)
  • Noopur Kashyap, Sreekanth Raj, Rishi Tak, DRS + MDes P2 project 2020
  • Pranav Pagar, DRS + BDes Final Year Project 2021
  • Rounak Sengupta, TA, 2020 - 2021, DRS Project 2021
  • Aditya Makkar, BDes P2 (Co-guide: Prof. Sugandh Malhotra), 2021 + BDes P3, 2022
  • Yagya Mundra (Comp Sc), Shiven Raut (Env Sc. & Eng.), Gauri Baheti (Metl. & Mat.Sc.), Vaishnavi Alkondawar (Chem.), Unnatee Pawar (Chem.), Hardh Rathod (Metl. and Mat.Sc.), Ridhi Khetan (Chem.), DE 403/405 Studio Project Aug-Dec 2021
  • Saikat Mondal, TA, 2020-2022
  • John Paul Kujur, TA, 2020-2022
  • Jaanhavi S, TA, 2021-2022
  • Anubhav Nagpal, TA, 2021-2022
  • Ishaan Najeeb, BDes P3, 2022
  • Amit Patjoshi, DRS, 2022
  • Shraddha Prabhu, DRS, 2022
  • Darshan Chavan, MDes P2 project, MVD, 2022 (Co-guide: Prof. Sugandh Malhotra) + MDes P3 project, MVD, 2022 (Co-guide: Prof. Nishant Sharma)