The automation is used rather widely currently. I just wrote the tag-wiki to correspond to the question that currently use it and I think this is a good use, but see problems with this (especially it overlaps with the concept of scheduling.)
The current tag-wiki I wrote:
Automation refers to the concept that a program does things by itself without being supervised by a user in this very moment. If you want to instruct a program to do something at a given time and to given targets by itself this is automation.
I added this example:
"Send E-Mail later" is not automation as you will have to click "Send now" by yourself. "Send E-Mail at 14:00 tomorrow" is automation.