The research topic ‘Human Machine Interaction’ investigates cognitive functions, human information processing and performance in the context of technical environments using behavioural and neurophysiological methods. This subdivision is in particular interested in how modern environments can be adapted to the individual needs of the user, to what extent human users are able to adapt to working environments and to understand to what extent users are supported or burdened from the environment.
The theoretical frameworks and methodological concepts were adopted from the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive ergonomics. Furthermore, methods of virtual and augmented reality were employed to simulate relevant aspects of modern technical environments. Also neurocognitive aspects (enabled by recent mobile EEG techniques) are addressed in this new approach.
Virtually all research activities are implemented in or supported by the ‘Future Lab’, a common simulation unit that provides conceptual and technical support for various scenarios (mobile EMG, head and body tracking, mobile EEG, virtual and augmented reality).