Executive committee 2015 (picture taken October 2015 in Groningen, Steve Fairclough is missing)

Officers 2015-2017

In 2014 new officers were elected for the period 2015-2017. The new president of the HFES Europe Chapter is Antonella Toffetti from Centro Ricerche Fiat. Antonella has been an active member for a very long time and has organised and hosted the Annual Conference in Turin three times, an absolute record.


Antonella Toffetti, HFES Europe Chapter President

After many many years that Clemens Weikert has been our treasurer, starting 2015 we have a new treasurer, a well known face to most of us, Karel Brookhuis


Karel Brookhuis, Treasurer

No one ran for the office of Secretary, therefore the past secretary is acting secretary.


Dick de Waard (Past & Acting) secretary

Three directors were elected: Natasha Merat from ITS University of Leeds, Stefan Röttger from the German Naval Medical Institute, and Stephen Fairclough, from Liverpool John Moores University.

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Natasha Merat, Stefan Röttger, and Stephen Fairclough, directors

Apart from the president, treasurer and the three directors the past-president (Dietrich Manzey) and past treasurer (Clemens Weikert) are also members of the executive council

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Dietrich Manzey, past president, and Clemens Weikert, past treasurer



Photos taken at the Rome conference

I’ve uploaded a few photos from the Rome meeting. If you have more (or nicer ones) to add, please email me: d.de.waard<at>hfes-europe.org! (Photos are here). Size was reduced quite a lot, email me if you would like to receive one or a few in higher quality.


HFES Europe Chapter Early career best paper award

Ignacio Solis-Marcos receives the Early Career Best Paper Award in Rome (September 2017)

2017 1st  Ignacio Solis-Marcos Performance of an additional task during Level 2 automated driving: An on-road study comparing drivers with and
without experience with partial automation
2nd Frank Westerhuis Using optical illusions in the shoulder of a cycle path to affect lateral position
2nd Alberto Morando Drivers anticipate lead-vehicle conflicts during automated longitudinal control: Sensory cues capture driver attention and promote appropriate and timely responses
2016 1st Felix Siebert The exact determination of subjective risk and comfort thresholds in car following
2015 1st Francesco Biondi Advanced driver assistance systems: multimodal warnings to enhance road safety
2nd Isabel Neumann Eco-driving strategies in battery electric vehicle use  – how do drivers adapt over time?
3rd Frederik Naujoks Effectiveness of advisory warnings based on cooperative perception
3rd Lena Rittger Masking action relevant stimuli in dynamic environments – the MARS method
2014 1st  Romy Lorenz   Towards a Holistic Assessment of the  User Experience with Hybrid BCIs
2nd  Rebecca Wiczorek  Investigating User’s Mental Representation of likelihood alarm sysems with different thresholds
3rd  Linda Onnasch  Operators’ Adaptation to imperfect automation – impact of miss-prone alarm systems on attention allocation and performance


HFES Europe Chapter Winners – Best Poster Award Winners since 2009

Susann Winkler, winner 2017 in Rome

Year, Conference Location Winner Paper
2017, Rome Susann Winkler, Technische Universität Braunschweig Practice makes perfect – driving experience with a multi stage warning system
2016, Prague Sven Bock, Technische Universität Berlin Quality of reactions on peripheral given stimuli while driving
2015, Groningen Isabel Neumann, Technische Universität Chemnitz
Eco-Pedaling: Manpower versus support level assistance
2014, Lisboa Sven Schmutz, University of Fribourg Barrier-free web design and non-disabled users
2013, Torino Dafne Piersma, University Groningen Shifting from manual to automatic gear when growing old: good advice? Results from a driving simulator study
2012, Toulouse Nina Gross, University Duisburg-Essen “Why don´t you share what you know?” – Factors influencing workers´ knowledge sharing behaviour
2011, Leeds Ingo Totzke, Centre for Traffic Sciences (IZVW), University of Würzburg Precision of congestion warnings: Do drivers really need warnings with precise information about the congestion tail´s position?
2010, Berlin Tessa-Karina Tews, Leuphana University of Lüneburg Emotional Interfaces in Cars: Cues from Facial Expressions
2009, Linköping Nora Wittbrodt, Technical University Berlin Identification of performance parameters in complex and dynamic work environments: the example of aerodrome Air Traffic Control