Human Centred Systems
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Springer-Verlag, London
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The new book Series reflects new directions in interdisciplinary courses (e.g modularisation or semesterisation of course) , research and academic debates on human centredness. The Series is aimed at mainly two types of readership:

a) Students and staff concerned with courses and research into the theory, practice, methodologies, implementation, and the assessment of technology supported systems from the human centred perspectives.

b) General readership who are interested in innovations and fundamental social, economic, cultural issues of new technology and their implications for peoples and societies.

Academic Readership

A text book in this area should aim at either of the following:

i) a defined disciplinary readership, and combine theory, practice, and methods introducing the reader to issues of development, design, assessment of systems involving information technology

ii) a defined interdisciplinary readership, and should combine two or all three elements above, and focus on the synthesis or analysis of the topics/themes of interest to interdisciplinary courses

iii) a general academic readership covering fundamental developments in the theory, method or practice of technology or information supported systems

General Readership

A book for this readership including scientists, technologists, researchers and practitioners should cover new directions, innovations, and fundamental issues of science and technology which affect peoples and societies.

Multiple Author Books

The book editor (s) should ensure that all the chapters are well intertwined, cross referenced and maintain a cohesion of theory, method and practice expected of text books.

Books arising out of conference proceedings should be edited in a form which demonstrates synthesis and cohesion at par with a focussed text book.


Authors and editors of text books should:

i) identify academic readership, discipline area (s), courses, and justify the reason for publishing the book. All authors and editors should be asked to identify courses and disciplines at their own institutions and provide the names of librarians, colleagues, course tutors/course leaders who are likely to recommend the book as a text book for the courses.

ii) be asked for a list of courses at other institutions relevant to the proposed book, and a list of names of people who are likely to recommend their books for academic and general readership.

iii) asked to write one or two para to market their books, identifying academic and general readership; suggestions and involvement in promoting the book

2. Indicative Areas for Human Centred Systems Book Series

Academic Readership

  • Anthropocentric and Human Centred Systems, and Social forms

  • Design science/Design dynamics

  • Human machine collaboration

  • Computer support for cooperative working and learning

  • Sustainable design, participation and environment

  • Social assessment of Technology

  • Information policy and innovation

  • Culture and technology

  • Design tradition in Europe

  • IT and organisations: innovation and change

  • Knowledge structures and society

  • Knowledge and innovation

  • Technology transfer and codevelopment

    Illustrative Examples of Books for academic readership:

  • Rosenbrock HH (ed.), Designing human-centred technology: a cross-disciplinary project in computer aided manufacturing, Springer-Verlag

  • Ehn Pelle, Work oriented design of computer artifacts, SCWL, Stockhom, 1988

  • Winograd T and Flores F, Understanding computers and cognition: a new foundation for design, Ablex 1986

  • Collins HM, Artificial Experts, MIT Press, 1990

    General Readership

    • Creativity and innovation
    • Science of the artificial
    • Culture, organisations, and change
    • Sociology and politics of technology
    • Information policy, quality and services
    • Sustainability, Risk, Vulnerability
    • Ecology, holistic, human and social forms
    • Sociology of technology
    • The rise of the knowledge company: strategic management and learning
    • Science and technology cohesion
    Illustrative example of books for general readership
  • Mike Cooley: Architect or Bee? human price of technology, Hogarth Press, 1987

  • Howard Rosenbrock: Machines with a Purpose, OUP. 1991

  • Karamjit S Gill, Artificial Intelligence For Society, Wiley & Sons, 1986