We automated a lot during the 20th century increasing safety, efficiency and comfort in nominal situations,
but leading to rigidity in off-nominal situations.
It is time to develop research and innovation
on flexibility that increases autonomy of
technology, organizations and people.
This is the shift from HighTech to FlexTech.
FlexTech Chair philosophy is based on human-centered design (HCD) and creativity, collaborative work, cognitive engineering, complexity analysis, organization design and management, modeling and human-in-the-loop simulation, advanced interaction media, and the study of life-critical systems. HCD combined with Systems Engineering leads to Human Systems Integration (HSI).
FlexTech Chair's mission is to expand human potential through research, invention, education
and community interaction to advance best practices
in human-centered design leading to improved human-systems integration
of complex life-critical systems.
FlexTech Chair is an academic research program sponsored by industry & government contracts.
FlexTech Chair was founded in September 2019
as a collaborative venture between CentraleSupélec (Paris Saclay University) and ESTIA Institute of Technology. It is modeled to create and develop
a unique new center of excellence in HSI.
Working with members from industry, academia and civil society, FlexTech Chair draws on a wide variety
of viewpoints in developing its activities. Current members are: French Air & Space Force; CS Group; and Thales.
Moreover, the results of its work are made available
to its members so that ideas that transform
the way we live and work can move
from the laboratory to implementation.
Our major goal is to make human-systems integration (HSI) concrete and successful, at the intersection
of human and social sciences, systems engineering, human-computer interaction & artificial intelligence
From Rigid Automation to Flexible Autonomy