The organizers bring together deep understanding of CSCW in industrial settings – in the areas of cooperative systems as well as HCI. All organized several successful workshops about the topic of CSCW and Industrial Internet of Things at ECSCW and CSCW. Through this special issue, the editors go back to the roots of CSCW and aim to make contributions towards the manifold subject of work within manufacturing and enrich academia’s understanding of cooperative aspects of work in industry settings that have evolved a lot in the last twenty years and are still evolving

Thomas Ludwig is a assistant professor for cyber-physical systems at the University of Siegen (Germany). His research focuses on the human-centered design of cyber-physical systems as well as the impact of digitalization on work structures and practices. The application domains range from industrial contexts and the ICT support for workers at the machines to crisis management and the collaboration between emergency services and volunteers.

Myriam Lewkowicz is Full Professor of Informatics at Troyes University of Technology (France), where she heads the teaching program ‘‘Accompaniment of the Digital Transformation’’, and the pluridisciplinary research group Tech-CICO. Her interdisciplinary research involves defining digital technologies to support existing collective practices or to design new collective activities. In 2017, she was elected the next chair of the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET).

Doris Aschenbrenner is an assistant professor at TU Delft. Her main research interest is to create sustainable employment within the fourth industrial revolution. She works on “human-robot coproduction” and wants to optimize the hybrid system out of worker (operator 4.0) and automation/robot systems with respect to worker well-being and overall system performance. This covers the fields of applied ergonomics, robotics and automation, cognitive systems and advanced human-machine interfaces like Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Torkil Clemmensen is a professor at the Department of Digitalization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He obtained his PhD from University of Copenhagen (psychology). His research interest is in psychology as a science of design. His research focus on cultural- psychological perspectives on usability, user experience, and digitalization of work. He contributes to Human-Computer Interaction, Design, and Information Systems.