Interaction Mechanism of Humans in a Cyber-Physical Environment

Marco Franke, Bogdan-Constantin Pirvu, Dennis Lappe, Bala-Constantin Zamfirescu, Marius Veigt, Konstantin Klein, Karl Hribernik, Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Matthias Loskyll

In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics. International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics (LDIC-14) 4th February 10-14 Bremen Germany LDIC 2014.


The research initiative “Industrie 4.0” (I4.0) of the high-tech strategy announced by the German government targets the deployment of cyber-physical-systems (CPS) in production and logistics. Such CPS-based environments are characterized by an increasing number of heterogeneous intelligent autonomous and communicating artefacts tightly integrated with the human. Thus, the human’s role will become a composite factor (“man-in-the-mesh”) for this future CPS-environment, playing more than just a simple role inside the control loop. The paper investigates the need of a robust communication between CPS and humans which includes a clear semantic of the exchanged data. For this purpose a mediation service and corresponding language are presented. Finally, further research activities are presented.


Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence