Webinar Camille Peres

In May, HFES Nordic and HFES Europe join forces to host a special research colloquium with HFES president Dr. Camille Peres. Camille will present “Learnings About Digital Procedures from the Fossil Fuel Industries—The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly“. We have set aside 30 minutes for discussion and hope that many of you will join the conversation. We will also take this opportunity to talk about HFES and how you can get involved.
Date: 22 May, 15:00-16:15 CET
Dr. S. Camille Peres is a Certified Human Factors Professional and the incoming president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rice University in 2005 and has been faculty at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and Texas A&M University. There, she conducted collaborative research on Human Factors and high-risk processing industries (e.g., oil and gas industry, chemical processing, and emergency response). Some recent studies focused on investigating performance implications for procedure design and use, Human Robotic Interaction in disaster environments, and the use of visualizations for electrical grid management. In January of 2024, she started a position with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Webinar Wendy Rogers

We had a very nice online event with Wendy Rogers. Her talk was entitled “Recent advances in design of robots to support successful ageing”, took place on December 2nd, 2021. A recording of this webinar is available to our members after login.

The HFES EC Executive Committee

Stephen Fairclough’s webinar

A recording of Steve Fairclough’s webinar “The Role of the Prefrontal Cortex & Functional Connectivity during Watchkeeping and Collision Avoidance during Maritime Operations: An fNIRS study” is now available.


A discussion with Don Norman

We are happy to announce a Spring online event ” A Discussion with Don Norman” that will take place on April 27th, 2021 at 5 PM (CEST).
If you want to attend, please, subscribe before April 23th here

The online meeting is limited in number of attendees!

We are looking forward to meeting Don and you,
The HFES EC Executive Committee

2024 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

The 2024 Annual Meeting  keynote speech will be delivered by Univ.Prof.in Dr.in Sabine T. KÖSZEGI .

Robotics Quo Vadis?

Recent scientific advances in robotics and AI systems fuel the hope that autonomous, intelligent machines will free humans from tedious and exhausting routine tasks, leaving plenty of room for creative – and for humans – meaningful tasks. What’s more, with the help of intelligent machines, we make better decisions and solve significant challenges such as climate and care crises. According to this narrative, AI augments people’s capabilities without replacing them altogether. But there is another narrative. One in which the use of intelligent machines in the context of work leads to a change in the role and identity of humans. Not only does the use of robotics and AI lead to diminished self-efficacy and autonomy, but over time, people lose essential skills and confidence in their competencies and thus become dependent on these technologies. In this narrative, robots and AI replace unreliable, error-prone humans in the work process. Which of these narratives becomes reality will ultimately determine the design of these technologies. Current empirical evidence suggests that the full potential of robotics and AI in the work context can only be realised if humans and machines are understood as a socio-technical ensemble and the design of machines adapts to the needs of humans and not vice versa.


HFES Europe Chapter Early career best paper award

Sebastian Pütz received the 2023 early career award in Lübeck, Germany. Information about the 2024 award will appear this page.

Year rank Name Paper
2023 1st Sebastian Pütz Using IoT devices for sensor-based monitoring of employees’ mental workload: Investigating managers’ expectations and concerns
2022 1st Patrick Ebel On the forces of driver distraction: Explainable predictions for the visual demand of in-vehicle touchscreen interactions
2nd Olger Siebinga A Human Factors Approach to Validating Driver Models for Interaction-aware Automated Vehicles
2021 1st Nadine Schlicker What to expect from opening up ‘black boxes’? Comparing perceptions of justice between human and automated agents
2nd Vivien Moll Biased energy efficiency perception based on instantaneous consumption displays – Indication for heuristic energy information processing
2020 1st Sarah Meßen Trust is essential: positive effects of information systems on users’ memory require trust in the system
2nd Stefanie Faas External HMI for self-driving vehicles: Which information shall be displayed?
2019 1st  Anna Zirk Do We Really Need More Stages?
Comparing the Effects of Likelihood Alarm Systems and Binary Alarm Systems
2nd Carli Ochs The usefulness of VR for learning –
The role of presence, cybersickness and context factors
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 redundant 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 systems 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


Leonie Kloep, winner 2024 in Lübeck

Year, Conference Location Winner Paper
2024, Lübeck Leonie Kloep
University of Lübeck
How to flow in manufacturing work – Rethinking gamification in designing manufacturing workplaces
2023, Liverpool Marc Schwarzkopf, Chemnitz University of Technology Do you plan virtually safe? Recommendations for a VR application that rates the perceived safety of bicycle infrastructure for urban planners
2022, Torino Mirjam Lanzer, Ulm University How media reports influence drivers’ perception of safety and trust in automated vehicles in urban traffic
2019, Nantes Yu-Jeng Kuo, Kempten University of Applied Science Objective Workload Evaluation with Lane Keeping Assistance System using Physiological Signal and Driving Performance Metrics
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