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.




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!


Co-operation meeting with the DARIA project

For three days, we put our heads together, analysed data and worked on a joint publication on the subject of trust in credit agencies with members of the DARIA project and collegues from the University Duisburg-Essen. 

Within the Daria project, methods and tools are being researched and tested that make it possible to combine information obtained from anonymised customer and user data for fraud prevention in compliance with data protection regulations. This is achieved by analysing the data records of various online services and users. The insights gained from this are to be used directly to recognise the risks of payment default or identity fraud and then used to prevent the incident. 


DARIA: Minimise identity fraud and default risk by using data in compliance with data protection regulations