Ergonomics and Human-Machine Systems

  Three people at a human-robot cooperation workplace Copyright: © Henrik Simon Hose  

In the Department of Ergonomics and Human-Machine Systems, scientists from different disciplines conduct research on a number of integrated work science topics. Aside from (business) engineering and computer science our interdisciplinary team includes, among others, psychology, sociology, and sports sciences. The different scientific perspectives allow for an integrated evaluation and optimization of complex and dynamic socio-technical systems in particular, where the focus is on people and the existing interactions with technical actors and systems.

The main research foci within the department are product and production specific ergonomics as well as human-robot collaboration. In the context-specific teams, the socio-technical systems to be studied are analyzed and target group-differentiated design solutions and prototypes, e.g. for the human-machine interfaces, are developed and empirically evaluated. For workplace and product design, psychophysical measurement methods are used for ergonomic analysis and evaluation. In addition to the objectively measurable aspects of usability, the subjective user experience is also taken into account in order to improve and further develop the products in a participatory manner. In this way, workplaces, processes and work equipment are created that are suitable for the application and optimized for the workload. All of the work innovations achieved here have in common that they are based on the approach of integrated research. This approach places people at the center and calls for a holistic research perspective that does not see human-technology interaction solely as a technical problem, but rather as a way of meeting social challenges from different perspectives.

In such difficult situations as the coronavirus pandemic, the department is also involved in researching and improving occupational safety and health in the field of digitally supported (tele)cooperation or platform-based work, among others.

 

Staffmember

Portrait of Dr. Christopher Brandl©IAW
Dr.-Ing. Christopher Brandl
Head of Ergonomics and Human-Machine Systems Department
Phone: +49 241 80 99474
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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apl. Professor
Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. medic. Dipl.-Inform. Alexander Mertens
Head of Ergonomics and Human-Machine Systems Department
Phone: +49 241 80 99494
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
 
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Olga Apdarmani B. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99483
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Matthias Georg Arend M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99467
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Ralph Baier M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99491
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Jan Barrera Agudelo B. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99475
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Oliver Brunner M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99471
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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David DohlenPhone: +49 241 80 99466
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Laura Johnen M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99470
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Srikanth Nouduri M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99486
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Sebastian Pütz M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99499
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Vera Barbara Rick M. A.Phone: +49 241 80 99434
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Katharina Schäfer M. A.Phone: +49 241 80 99488
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Portrait of Philip Schäfer©RWTH Aachen University
Philip Schäfer M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99461
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Portrait of Nikolas Schierhorst©RWTH Aachen University
Nikolas Schierhorst M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99413
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Tim Schmachtenberg M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99493
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Dr.-Ing. Sabine Theis M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99469
Fax: +49 241 80 92131
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Apostolos Vrontos M. Sc.Phone: +49 241 80 99481
Fax: +49 241 80 92131