The Socio-Cognitive Engineering method distinguishes three main components, each providing specific Research & Development outcomes (see Figure).

The Foundation describes the Operational Demands (among which stakeholders values and needs, problem scenarios, work content), applicable and/or envisioned Technology (e.g., mobile platforms, AI frameworks) and relevant Human Factors knowledge.

The Specification contains:

  • Objective describes the target outcomes
  • Use case defines the structure of actors actions and provide the (formal) contextualization (who, when, where)
  • Function (or requirement) describes the functionality that serve the objectives (what the system shall do)
  • Claim defines the expected Effect of the situated function (i.e., situated in the use case1), providing the justification (why).

The Evaluation provides the outomes of the tests with the Prototype and/or Simulation.

Detailed information on the methodology can be found in the publications section of this site.

1Therefore, previous versions of the SCE methodology were called situated cognitive engineering. The current name is Socio-Cognitive Engineering to emphasize the focus on joint human-machine cognitive systems (e.g., incorporating hybrid collective intelligence).