2nd German Summer School for Human Factors 2020

Written by Felix Dreger

This September young scientists gathered three days within the German Summer School for Human Factors to discuss their research. The summer school is an annual event that is initiated by the Section of Engineering Psychology of the German Psychological Association. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the summer school was hold virtually; this time organized by IfADo-scientists.

From 28th to 30th September 2020 the participants had vivid discussions about the future of human technology interaction. Major questions were concerned with the communication of autonomous vehicles and other road users as well as human-robot collaboration in industry environments. Furthermore, the discussions concerned strategies to interact and properties of self-learning machines that affect the human-robot collaboration.

Within “Meet the Experts Sessions” participants had the opportunity to discuss pressing questions of their research with invited experts of their field. They also used the casual atmosphere of the social meeting to discuss future perspectives of human factors research.

Expert talks by Ranjana Mehta and Christopher Cabrall

The virtual format allowed inviting world leading experts to join the summer school. Thus, Dr. Ranjana Mehta (Texas A&M University, Engineering) was holding a keynote speech in which she gave interesting insights about here vitae and her research with exoskeletons in her Neuroergonomics laboratory (Please find the keynote on our YouTube Channel).

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As closing highlight at the last day of the summer school Dr. Christopher Cabrall (The Boeing Company) was providing the participants with valuable tips for their career planning and showed his research that led him from a small start-up via Google to Boeing.

Participants’ posters

The very positive feedback of all participants after three days of intensive discussions confirmed the decision of the organizing board to hold the summer school despite the COVID-19 pandemic in a virtual setting. Below you find the posters that were prepared by the participants to give you a glimpse of the interesting research on Human-Technology Interaction.

development of external human-machine interfaces
changing two into three designing comfortable interactions in automated driving
more than intelligence? the role of artificial personality in the user experience of intelligent agents
Metaanalysis on NDRTs in SAE Level 3
Proxemics in Handheld AR
Fully Autonomous Vehicles are getting increasingly smart - how does this effect the interaction with humans?
Designing Ride Access Points for Shared Automated Vehicles
Working with industrial cobots
interaction between pedestrians and automated vehicles

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