Industrial Cognitive Engineering

  • Thomas Mühlbradt
  • Peter Kuhlang


The term “cognition” describes mental processes, such as perception, memory, thought, learning, and language. Independent, although interacting, developments contribute to the fact that the proportion of cognitive functions in industrial work systems is steadily increasing and that their contribution to value added is becoming more performance-defining. Companies across-the-board are not sufficiently prepared for changes of this kind. Consequently, there is a strong demand for reliable methods with the help of which all tasks related to cognitive functions and the resulting complexity of industrial value added can be mastered in a target-oriented way and on an appropriate industrial level. “Industrial Cognitive Engineering” meets both these requirements. It combines cognitive engineering with the approved practical approaches and experiences of industrial engineering. Furthermore, its integration into the framework of workplace innovation is discussed.