Best Practices

The situated Cognitive Engineering method is used in numerous research projects. The following projects are highlighted:


In an international project, the European Space Agency asked to establish a sound requirements baseline for a "Mission Execution Crew Assistant" (MECA) for future manned deep space missions (e.g. to Mars).


ALIZ-e is a EU project that aims to move human-robot interaction from the range of minutes to the range of days. The project will develop the theory and practice behind embodied cognitive robots capable of maintaining believable any-depth affective interactions with a young user over an extended and possibly discontinuous period of time. Theory is put in practice and tested for children with a chronic disease (diabetes) within a care setting.

Within ALIZ-e the project team defined several scenarios for the children to interact with the robot (e.g. a quiz, a dance, and an imitation game). For each scenario, ALIZ-e defined multiple detailed use cases that describes the step by step interaction between the robot, the child and other stakeholders (e.g. doctors, nurses, parents, peers).

The sCE tool enables ALIZ-e to work over distance on the definition of the child-robot interaction by each research partner. Using the ontology, ALIZ-e agrees upon definitions of terms that are ambiguous within this multidisciplinary field. The structured approach allows ALIZ-e to develop a consistent design rationale for this robot over time.


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