About us

We are a group of researchers who aim at gaining a better insight into human behaviour and its underlying mechanisms in a world which becomes increasingly complex. We engage in multiple areas of human factors, such as highly automated driving, the use of collaborative robotic systems, the automation of ships, as well as new software solutions. We provide fundamental as well as more applied findings from a psychological and cognitive science perspective, with a focus on mental workload, adaptability, acceptance, and cognitive functions as well as influencing factors. Our findings create a basis for a human-centred development of new technologies and the development of measures to support the users in interacting with new systems. Our work is funded by different national and international research grants as well as various business partners.




Successful conclusion of the FernBin project

Yesterday we participated in the final project event of the FernBin project focusing on Remote Coordinated Navigation in Inland Navigation.


FernBin addresses the challenges of inland navigation by providing a secure remote control system for vessels such as Rhenus Logistics' "Ernst Kramer". The project aims to alleviate the shortage of skilled personnel and maximize the efficiency of vessel operations.



At the event, we highlighted our contribution: the integration of psychological insights and human factors into the project framework. In addition, we presented the first results of our remote control study focusing on mental workload and human factors during remote control of vessels.


Behind the scenes: The STRALI team on the road in Frohnhausen!

Yesterday was a particularly enriching day for us from the STRALI project team, as we set out to make direct contact with the citizens of the Frohnhausen district. Our aim was to use the local library to gather opinions, experiences and wishes from citizens on the topic of mobility.


It was a great opportunity to gain a deeper insight into people's everyday mobility needs. Through surveys and face-to-face conversations, we were able to gain valuable insights to help us paint a more detailed picture of mobility habits and ideas in Essen.
We have endeavored to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voice, whether through direct feedback or completed questionnaires about their daily journeys and the challenges they face.


Every shared experience plays an important role in our efforts to better understand and respond to mobility needs in the city of Essen. So a big thank you to everyone who was part of this exchange yesterday. Your openness and commitment are a true inspiration for our future work.


We look forward to analyzing the insights gathered to deepen our understanding of mobility in Essen. Stay tuned for further updates and developments on the STRALI project or take part in our survey!


Networking Event on the Topic of Mobility Projects in North Rhine-Westphalia


Last Thursday, an inspiring networking event on the topic of mobility projects in North Rhine-Westphalia took place in Oberhausen. Representatives from various mobility projects gathered that morning to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

The atmosphere was characterized by creative exchanges and lively discussions. In addition to engaging conversations, there was also a delicious buffet provided by #refugeeskitchen.

The diversity of mobility projects in NRW was evident, and it was inspiring to see participants advocating for sustainable mobility. By engaging with different contacts, new connections were made, and potential cooperation opportunities were explored.

We extend our gratitude to Petra Strunck for the invitation and are delighted that the event was such a success!


Preliminary Tests on Remote Ship Control: Assessing Mental Workload Impact

This week, we successfully conducted surveys at the ship's remote control station, with our main focus on assessing mental workload. Both qualitative and quantitative data were carefully collected. This was particularly significant for us due to the diverse demands on ship operators, especially regarding the specific challenges of remote control. We eagerly anticipate the evaluation and look forward to publishing the results in the near future.


Let's keep the human in mind - insights into the "human black box" in SAP transformation

In the world of SAP transformation, the focus often lies on technology and strategy. But what about the human element? During our visit to Synaworks GmbH, Eva Gößwein and Magnus Liebherr presented a psychologically informed approach to shed light on the 'black box' of the human mind. This enables companies to understand technology acceptance and mental strain in the context of digital transformation. The discussion with SAP experts expanded our approach and gave it life. We look forward to implementing it within this fruitful cooperation!