Designing Smart Operator 4.0 for Human Values: A Value Sensitive Design Approach

Lucia Gazzaneo, Antonio Padovano, Steven Umbrello

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Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robotics, among others, are transforming the field of manufacturing and industry as a whole in unprecedent ways. This fourth industrial revolution is consequentially changing how operators that have been crucial to industry success go about their practices in industrial environments. This paper briefly introduces a novel way of conceptualizing the human operator necessarily implicates human values in the technologies that constitute it. Similarly, the design methodology known as value sensitive design (VSD) is drawn upon to discuss how these Operator 4.0 technologies can be designed for human values.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-226
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Factory of the Future
  • Human-Centered Design
  • Industry 4.0
  • Operator 4.0 Compass
  • Smart Operator
  • Value Sensitive Design


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