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ALCHIMIA D2.1 Requirements and human-centric recommendation

Weinel, Martin, Hale, Rachel ORCID:, Stroud, Dean ORCID:, Di Iorio, Vinicio, Ruiz Cardon, Julia, Contreras Torres, Ernesto, Esteban, Diego and Bontempi, Gianpietro 2023. ALCHIMIA D2.1 Requirements and human-centric recommendation. [Project Report]. ALCHIMIA.

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This report constitutes Deliverable 2.1: Requirements and human-centric recommendations of the ALCHIMIA project. ALCHIMIA is a tool that will help companies in the steel and metal sector to continuously optimise production process by exploiting a broad range of production-related data. The ALCHIMIA project adopts a human-centred approach to design that guides the design and development process in specific ways to ensure the views, interests and needs of users and stakeholders are taken during the design phase of the technology. The report provides an overview and summary of activities conducted and findings obtained during the initial stages of the development of the AI-based ALCHIMIA system. It starts by providing an overview of current production processes in two participating companies, one an EAF-based steel producer and the other a manufacturer of disk brakes for the automotive industry (Part 2: Setting the Scene). The description of current approaches leads to a description of efficiency problems in both industrial settings that ALCHIMIA is aiming to solve (Part 3: ALCHIMIA and its Functions). To effectively take user and stakeholder views, interests and needs into account, they need to be systematically elicited and ultimately translated into system requirements that constrain and guide the actual technical design of the ALCHIMIA system. Part 4 of the report (User and Stakeholder Requirements and Expectations) provides an overview of the requirement elicitation activities conducted as part of the ALCHIMIA project. Findings and outcomes of these activities are also presented. In Part 5 (Human-Centred Design Recommendations), we reflexively analyse and evaluate the alignment of the design and development activities in the ALCHIMIA project with six human-centred design principles. While this evaluation indicates that the ALCHIMIA project is well aligned with the human-centred design principles, there are aspects that can be improved. We thus make three recommendations that, if implemented, should ensure improved alignment of the ALCHIMIA project with human-centred design prescriptions.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Publisher: ALCHIMIA
Funders: EU Horizon Europe, Nº 101070046
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 December 2023
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2023 10:45

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