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Standard 1

Any comments received will be submitted to PH/9 - Applied ergonomics, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.

Proposal: CEN/TC 122 N 1677, CEN ISO/TR 9241-810 Ergonomics of human-system interaction —Part 810: Robotic, intelligent and autonomous systems.
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Comment period end date: 19/10/2021


This document addresses:

  • Physically embodied RIA systems, such as robots and autonomous vehicles with which users will physically interact;
  • Systems embedded within the physical environment with which users do not consciously interact, but which collect data and/or modify the environment within which people live or work such as smart building and, mood-detection;
  • Intelligent software tools and agents with which users actively interact through some form of user interface;
  • Intelligent software agents which act without active user input to modify or tailor the systems to the user's behaviour, task or some other purpose, including providing context specific content/information, tailoring adverts to a user based on information about them, user interfaces that adapt to the cognitive or physiological state, "ambient intelligence";
  • The effect on users resulting from the combined interaction of several RIA systems such as conflicting behaviours between the RIA systems under the same circumstances;
  • The complex system-of-systems and sociotechnical impacts of the use of RIA systems, particularly on society and government.

This document is not an exploration of the philosophical, ethical or political issues surrounding robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and intelligent machines or environments.

For matters of ethics and political issues, see standards such as BS 8611 and IEC P7000.

However, this document does identify where and why ethical issues need to be taken into account for a wide range of systems and contexts, and as such it provides information relevant to the broader debate regarding RIA systems.

This document has a broader focus than much of the early work on autonomy that relates to the automation of control tasks and mechanization of repetitive physical or cognitive tasks, and centres on levels of automation.

Although this document addresses a wide range of technology applications, and sector and stakeholder views on the issues, the treatment of each can be incomplete due to the diverse and increasingly varied applications of RIA systems.


Product development of systems with robot, intelligent and autonomous characteristics is rapidly progressing. Given the humansystem issues unique to systems with these characteristics, timely ergonomics guidance covering these issues is necessary to help developers in all sectors of industry to design and field first-time quality RIAS and build appropriate trust in such systems. The proposal is not seeking to provide solutions at this stage; that will be the subject of future standards. There is a need to adopt ISO/TR 9241-810 as CEN ISO/TR to complement the EN ISO 9241 series. The report explains the existing, emerging and potential human-system issues and consequences for use and users associated with systems that have robotic, intelligent and autonomous characteristics.

Standard 2

Any comments received will be submitted to PH/9 - Applied ergonomics, for consideration when deciding the UK response to CEN.


Proposal: CEN/TC 122 N 1675, CEN ISO/TR 9241-312 Ergonomics of human-system interaction —Part 312: Readability of electrophoretic displays.
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Comment period end date: 19/10/2021


This document provides an overview of recent research on readability of electrophoretic displays. It also provides information for evaluating readability of electrophoretic displays and defining the context of their use.


Recently, displays using Electric Paper Display (EPD) devices that has different optical characteristic from other display devices, such as liquid crystal displays(LCD) or organic light emitted display(OLED), are getting popular for reading devices. This document explores results of recent studies about human interaction between those devices and various readers. The goal of this document is going to expose unique aspects of using EPD especially for a human action of reading.

The human action of reading is basically analyzed by two subjective attributes, that is, legibility and readability. This TR provides the readability of EPD from viewing point of a human action of reading which required a lot of human ergonomics tests and sophisticated statistical works for around a hundred human subjects with comparing among printed papers, EPDs, and emissive displays (LCD). The requests of the industry applying EPD technology to the electronic displays manufacturing are the guidelines on image quality and environmental lighting conditions for reading to facilitate international trade and enhance user value in the field of EPD. Also the requests from users for EPD are basically the comfortable or easy reading and the eye-safe properties for reading comparing with traditional printed paper media. This TR will contribute to solve above some of problems.

The purpose of the project is to adopt ISO/TR 9241-312 (without changes) as CEN deliverable in order to complement the EN ISO 9241 series.

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