An important aspect for cooperative systems

From 21st to 23rd of Novemeber 2018, the Chair of Ergonomics at Technical University of Munich (TUM) hosted an international Winter School on Human Factors Aspects of Cooperative Systems Design. Experts from the fields of human factors, psychology, cooperation and automation, robotics and automotive met to discuss their current research. In workshops, the attendees learned about Eye Tracking, Virtual Reality and Design in Human-Robot Spacial Interaction.

How to make robots interact with humans

The Winter School was a platform to discuss and elaborate on novel fields of research. For example, the attendes worked on how a robot could draw attention to itself when it should leave an elevator and a person is blocking the exit by standing in front of the door. In small groups, the researchers developped solutions to this kind of challenges in the field of human-robot spacial interaction.

  • Eye Tracking used in a driving simulator. (Image: L. Pietrzyk / TUM)

    Eye Tracking used in a driving simulator.
  • Workshop participants are controling the driving simulation. (Image: L. Pietrzyk / TUM)

    Workshop participants are controling the driving simulation.
  • Driving simulation: A car is heading on a virtual reality road. (Image: L. Pietrzyk / TUM)

    Simulation of a road with Virtual Reality.

Humans driving on virtual roads

The Chair of Ergonomics presented their driving simulator to later discuss the methods used in this virtual reality application with the international PhD students attending the Winter School.

“In my current research, I deal with human factors issues in cooperative systems – at the moment in the aviation field. The workshop on Eye Tracking was very interesting for me because I want to start to use this tool in my project. I appreciate that the atmosphere at the Winter School is quite informal, so I can easily get in contact with experts from different parts of the world – and learn from their expertise.”

Marco de Angelis, PhD candidate at Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, research group “Human Factors, Risk and Safety”.

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