TitleDesign and Evaluation of a Portable Industrial Demonstrator for Cyber-Physical Systems
Publication Type04. Conference Papers
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsOks, S. J., Fritzsche A., & Möslein K. M.
Conference NameInternational Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST)

The digitization of the industry offers far-reaching potentials in the context of industrial value creation. With the introduction of technologies such as cyber-physical systems (CPS), organizations aim to realize them. However, due to an increase in complexity with regard to system architectures and the number of involved stakeholders, organizations face novel challenges in the process of system development. This research addresses this issue with the design of a portable industrial demonstrator for CPS and a complementary workshop setting to model and simulate industrial CPS configurations with reduced complexity. Thereby, the solution functions as a boundary object joining different stakeholder groups to mediate and elaborate a common understanding, moderate conflicting expectations, evaluate and align system configurations and foster stakeholder driven innovations within the system design process. In doing so, the solution offers a new approach for participatory CPS design. The designed artifacts are evaluated in the course of interview and observational studies in combination with focus groups. The results reveal that the development of industrial CPS benefits from the use of demonstrators, especially with regard to stakeholder integration.

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