Executive committee 2018 – 2020

Officers 2018-2020

In 2017 new officers were elected for the period 2018-2020. The new president of the HFES Europe Chapter is Stefan Röttger from the German Naval Medical Institute in Kiel. Stefan has been an active member for a very long time, was Chapter director from 2012-2017 and has faithfully taken care of the Chapter newsletter from 2007-2017!

Stefan Röttger, HFES Europe Chapter President

No new treasurer was elected, which means that the past treasurer takes care.

Again (….) Dick de Waard was elected Secretary. He has had this role (half of the time as past but acting secretary) from 2006.


Dick de Waard, secretary

Three directors were elected: Natasha Merat from ITS University of Leeds, and Stephen Fairclough, from Liverpool John Moores University, and Linda Onnasch from Humboldt University of Berlin.


Natasha Merat, Stephen Fairclough, and Linda Onnasch, directors

Apart from the president, treasurer and the three directors the past-president (Antonella Toffetti), and past (and acting) treasurer are also members of the executive council

antonella karel 

Antonella Toffetti, past president, and Karel Brookhuis, past treasurer

Photos taken at the Berlin conference

I’ve uploaded a few photos of the Berlin 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, just email me if you would like to receive one or a couple in higher quality.


HFES Europe Chapter Early career best paper award


Helene Cymek was on parental leave, Christina Kass received the 2nd prize (October 2018)

2018 1st  Dietlind Helene Cymek Redundant Automation Monitoring:
Four Eyes Don’t See More Than Two,
if Everyone Turns a Blind Eye
2nd Christina Kaß Towards an Assistance Strategy that Reduces Unnecessary Collision Alarms –
An Examination of the Driver’s Perceived Need for Assistance
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

Orlando Ricciardi, winner 2018 in Berlin

Year, Conference Location Winner Paper
2018, Berlin Orlando Ricciardi, Sapienza University Rome Fidgeting as a sensory reinforcement strategy for overcoming boredom
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