Ergonomics means design and evaluation of work and its adaptation to the needs of people. Here, the well-being of human agents as well as their efficiency (accuracy and speed of action) play balanced roles. As a reflection of the ongoing change in working environments, cognitive aspects (information processing) and demographic change are increasingly in the forefront of ergonomic research. At the IfADo, special attention is paid to information processing in man-machine environments, taking into account the aging of the working population. The research concept of the department aims at a global investigation of recent working environments and modern technologies from a human centered perspective. From information uptake and its modulation due to external factors up to the application of cognitive and physiological models for the design of real workplaces, encompasses the expertise of the department.

Main Topics

Additional structures and projects



Research Topics in Detail

Information processing

Principle investigators: Stephanie Jainta, Daniel Schneider, Edmund Wascher
Content: Human (primarily visual) information processing starting from optical and oculomotor adaptations up to the preparation of actions.


Human Machine Interaction

Principle investigators: Gerhard Rinkenauer, Melanie Karthaus, Edmund Wascher
Content: Which factors affect the human-machine interaction and how may they be operationalized in experimental settings.


Work Design

Principle investigators: Matthias Jäger, Wolfgang Jaschinski
Content: How should work places be designed to fit optimally the needs of the worker.


Aging (Networking group)

Head: Stephan Getzmann
Tasks:  The group intends to integrate research on age-related changes all over the department of Ergonomics as well as across all departments of the IfADo.


Future Lab

Head: Gerhard Rinkenauer
Task: Laboratory Unit for the simulation of real-life experimental environments.