Human Factors Institute (LRT11)

Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Verena Nitsch

Human Factors in the Digital Age

The world of work is in constant change. In the age of industry 4.0, digitization creates new technological foundations and opportunities for production, logistics and corporate organization. At the same time, physical strain in many occupations decreases while the risk of information overload increases. Globalisation is continuously expanding the scope of employees and companies and is opening up new markets, but pressure from international competition is also increasing. Demographic change is increasing the demand for skilled workers in many occupations and companies and the need to maintain the employability of people for as long as possible.

In the coming years, it will become increasingly important to investigate the effects of these changes on known and novel socio-technical working systems and to redefine the requirements for an optimal design of working systems. Furthermore, it is necessary to develop new solutions that meet the changed requirements. An interdisciplinary approach to research and close cooperation between science and industry are indispensable for this.

The Institute

Psychologists and engineers cooperate closely at the Human Factors Institute (IfA). The research foci of the institute include human-oriented work system design in industry 4.0, human interaction with semi-automated and highly automated assistance systems, as well as the user-oriented and context-specific design of display and operator concepts. In addition to advancing scientific knowledge, an important research objective is the application of these findings in the field of technology development and human-oriented work system design.

In the cross-disciplinary research centre MOVE (MOdern VEhicles), researchers from the Human Factors Institute collaborate with the Institute for Technology of Autonomous Systems and the Institute for Electric Drives and Actuators, to develop energy-efficient concepts for electro-mobile vehicles.