Human-Autonomous Technology Interaction: A Systemic-Structural Activity Theory Perspective

  • Julian P. VinceEmail author
  • Gregory Z. Bedny
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


This paper proposes that the language of ‘team’ and ‘team-mate’ in the use of autonomous technologies invokes a ‘social technology’ metaphor which arguably confuses the ontological relations between humans and autonomous technologies. Activity Theory, and more specifically its ergonomic formulation in Systemic-Structural Activity Theory, are argued to offer unique approaches for studying interaction with these emerging technologies. Functional analysis of the model of orienting activity applied to the context of autonomous tool usage is advanced as an approach to understanding the self-regulative mechanisms of the human-autonomous tool system.


Human-autonomy interaction Human-autonomy teaming Systemic-Structural Activity Theory Human factors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of DefenceFishermans BendAustralia
  2. 2.Ergologic, Inc.LouisvilleUSA

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