Verena Nitsch

Jun.-Prof. Dr. -Ing. Verena Nitsch

Verena Nitsch received a B.Sc. degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and a M.Sc. degree in Organisational Psychology at the University of Manchester. Afterwards, she pursued an academic career at the Human Factors Institute of the University of the Bundeswehr in Germany, where she received a doctoral degree in Engineering in 2012 and was appointed Assistant Professor in Cognitive Ergonomics in 2013. For her research work, she has received several national and international awards.


Research Interests:

  • Telepresence und Telerobotics
  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Usability & User Experience Design
  • Multimodal Displays
  • Natural User Interface Design
  • Social Robotics
  • Empirical Evaluation Methods
  • Experimental Methodology and statistical Data Analysis



  • User-centered Interaction Design
  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Human Machine Interaction
  • Personnel management and leadership
  • Project management
  • Human Error (CASC)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics at the HECTOR School of Engineering and Management, Technology Business School of the KIT
  • Cognitive Psychology as part of the course "Usability Engineer" at the Technischen Hochschule Deggendorf


Further activities:

  • Review Editor of Frontiers in Cognitive Science (
  • Member of the German Aerospace Programm Committee Robotics and Automation
  • Member of the Ethics Committee at the University of the Bundeswehr 
  • Member of various professional bodies (German Usability und User Experience Professionals, German Psychological Society, International Society for Haptics, the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the German Higher Education Association (DHV)
  • Reviewer for various journals (e.g. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Systems Research) and conferences (e.g. EuroHaptics, WorldHaptics, ICABB, IROS, ICRA, Ro-Man)
  • Associate Editor of the "Wirtschaftsinformatik 2017" (Track: Interactions und Interfaces)


Keynotes/ Invited Talks:

  • Kinderuni Lecture on "Social Robotics", 10.02.2016, UniBW M
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). „The Social Engineering of Robot Companions- How Do We Create Likeable Robots?”, Keynote Speech at the 1st Joint UAEU/NYU Symposium on Social Robotics, 23.11.2015, NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). „Natural Human-Machine Interaction: is multimodality the key feature of the Natural User Interface?”, Invited Talk, 27.10.2015, TU Chemnitz
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). “Modern Human-Machine Interaction”, Invited Talk, 22.05.2015, UniBW M
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). „The role of haptics in human-machine interaction“, Invited Talk, 29.05.2015, TU Darmstadt
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). “Assistance Systems: The Social Science Perspective", Invited Talk, 21.04.2015, Robert-Bosch GmbH
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). "Multimodal Human-Machine Interfaces: Interacting with all senses". Keynote Speech at the 4. Interdisciplinary Workshop Cognitive Systems, 23.03.2015, Universität Bielefeld




Selected Publications:

Books & Book Chapters
  • Nitsch, V. (2012) Haptic human-machine interaction in teleoperation systems: implications for the design and effective use of haptic interfaces. Saarbrücken: SVH Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8381-3268-6 .
  • Berg, G., Nitsch, V. & Färber, B. (2016) Vehicle in the Loop. In: Winner, H.; Hakuli, S.; Lotz, F. & Singer, C (eds.) Handbook of Driver Assistance Systems. Munich: Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-12351-6.


Journals (Peer-reviewed)
  • Glassen, T. & Nitsch, V. (2016). Hierarchical Bayesian Models of Cognitive Development. Biological Cybernetics (in print).
  • Glassen, T. & Nitsch, V. (2015). Regel-basierte Kategorisierung mit dem Hierarchischen Dirichlet Prozess. Kognitive Systeme. Heft 2. DOI 10.17185/duepublico/40721. 
  • Nitsch, V. & Popp, M. (2014). Emotions in Robot Psychology. Biological Cybernetics. Special Issue: Structural Aspects of Biological Cybernetics: Valentino Braitenberg, Neuroanatomy, and Brain Function. 108 (5), pp. 621-629, DOI 10.1007/s00422-014-0594-6 .
  • Nitsch, V. & Färber, B. (2013) A meta-analysis of the effects of haptic interfaces on task performance with teleoperation systems. IEEE Transactions On Haptics. 6(4), pp. 387-398.
  • Kammerl, J., Vittorias, I., Nitsch, V., Färber, B., Steinbach, E. & Hirche, S. (2010) Perception-based Data Reduction for Haptic Force-feedback Signals using Velocity-adaptive Deadbands. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (MIT Press), 19(5), pp. 450-462.
  • Radi, M., Reiter, A., Zaidan, S., Nitsch, V., Färber, B. & Reinhart, G. (2010) Telepresence in Industrial Applications: Implementation Issues for Assembly Tasks. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (MIT Press), 19(5), pp. 415-429.
Conference Proceedings (Peer-reviewed)


  • Schömburg, T. & Nitsch, V. (2016) Predictors of perceived human-robot interaction quality during cooperative tasks. Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, New York, 26.8.-28.8.2016
  • Nitsch, V. & Glassen, T. (2015) Investigating the effects of robot behavior and attitude towards technology on social human-robot interactions. Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, Kobe, 31.08-03.09.2015
  • Rüger, F., Nitsch, V., Färber, B. (2015) Automatic evasion seen from the opposing traffic - An investigation with the Vehicle in the Loop. Proceedings of the 2015 IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 15.09-18.09.2015
  • Walter, J., Paetzold, K. & Nitsch, V. (2015). Description of a Competence Oriented Approach for Designing Technical Assistance Systems. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED15), pp. 57-64. ISBN 978-1-904670-72-8. 
  • Nitsch, V. & Paetzold, K. (2015) Empirische Validierung des Leistungs-Unterstützungs-Ansatzes zur generationengerechten Produktentwicklung. Stuttgarter Symposium für Produktentwicklung (SSP) 2015, Stuttgart, 19.6.2015 
  • Glassen, T. & Nitsch, V. (2015) Regel-basierte Kategorisierung mit dem Hierarchischen Dirichlet Prozess. 4. Interdisziplinärer Workshop Kognitive Systeme: Mensch, Teams, Systeme und Automaten, Bielefeld, 23.3.-25.3.2015 
  • Paetzold, K. & Nitsch, V. (2014) Beschreibung eines kompetenzorientierten Ansatzes für die Gestaltung technischer Unterstützungssysteme. Erste Transdisziplinäre Konferenz "Technische Unterstützungssysteme, die die Menschen wirklich wollen". Hamburg: HSU. (Best Paper Award)
  • Nitsch, V. (2013) Situation awareness in autonomous service robots. 10. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine Systeme: Grundlagen und Anwendungen der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion. ISBN 978-3-7983-2625-5.
  • Nitsch, V., Färber, B. Hellings, A., Jörg, S., Tobergte, A. & Konietschke, R. (2012) Bi-modal assistance functions and their effect on user perception and movement coordination with telesurgery systems. Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop of Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications HAVE.
  • Nitsch, V. & Färber, B. (2011) Empirically derived guidelines for the effective use of haptic output signals in teleoperation systems. 9. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine Systeme, Fortschritt-Bericht VDI (22).
  • Staub, C., Can, S., Knoll, A., Nitsch, V., Karl, I. & Färber, B. (2011) Implementation and evaluation of a gesture-based input method in robotic surgery. Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop of Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications HAVE.
  • Chaudhari, R., Schuwerk, C., Nitsch, V., Steinbach, E. & Färber, B. (2011) Opening the haptic loop: network degradation limits for haptic task performance. Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop of Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications HAVE.
  • Nitsch, V., Passenberg, C., Peer, A., Buss, M. & Färber, B. (2010) Assistance Functions for Collaborative Haptic Interaction in Virtual Environments and their Effect on Performance and User Comfort. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics ICABB 2010, Venice.
  • Nitsch, V., Kammerl, J., Färber, B. & Steinbach, E. (2010) On the Impact of Haptic Data Reduction and Feedback Modality on Quality and Task Performance in a Telepresence- and Teleaction System. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Vol. 6192/2010, pp. 169-177. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.

  • Reiter, A., Nitsch, V., Reinhart, G & Färber, B. (2009). Effects of Visual and Haptic Feedback on Telepresent Micro Assembly Tasks. 3rd International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production CARV 2009, Munich.

  • Weber, C. , Nitsch, V., Unterhinninghofen, U., Färber, B. & Buss, M. (2009). Position and Force Augmentation in a Telepresence System and their Effects on Perceived Realism. Proceedings of the Third Joint Eurohaptics Conference and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems, Salt Lake City, pp.226-231.

  • Nitsch, V., Hinterseer, P., Steinbach, E., Färber, B. & Geiger, L. (2008). An Experimental Study of Lossy Compression in a Real Telepresence and Teleaction System. Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop of Haptic Audio Visual Environments and their Applications HAVE, Ottawa, pp. 75-80. (Best Paper Award).
  • Graichen, M. & Nitsch, V. (2016). Effects of driver characteristics and driver state on predicting turning maneuvers in urban areas: Is there a need for individualized parametrization? In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) 2016. Florida, USA. (peer-reviewed abstract)
  • Nitsch, V. (2015). The Value of Experimental Psychology in the Development of Teleoperation Systems. Vortrag auf der 57. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen. Hildesheim. (peer-reviewed abstract)
  • Nitsch, V., Ovcharova, N. & Lion, A. (2014). Innovativ auf Gleichstellungskurs. Die Fakultäten BAU, EIT, INF, LRT, ETTI und MB. Böhm, I. (Hrsg.) In: Mehr als das große Innen. 20 Jahre Gleichstellungsbeauftragte der UniBW M. Publikation anlässlich des 20-jährigen Bestehens des Gleichstellungsamtes an der Universität der Bundeswehr München.
  • Nitsch, V. & Färber, B. (2012). Haptic assistance for single- and multi-user teleoperation systems and its effect on task performance and user perception. Vortrag auf dem 48. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bielefeld. (peer-reviewed abstract)
  • Nitsch, V. (2007). The Role of Circumstances, Individual Differences, and Social Support in Determining the Difficulty of a Job Change or Career Transition. M.Sc. Dissertation in Organisational Psychology. University of Manchester, UK: Grin Verlag. ISBN 978-3-640-12820-4 .
  • Nitsch, V. (2006). The Relationship of Boredom Proneness to Occupational Stress. Unpublished B.Sc. Dissertation in Applied Psychology. University of Central Lancashire, UK (Best Project Award).



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