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In this section are listed news about important publications, research projects and events.

Ergonomics

Working memory: Preparing for the unknown

Working memory, also called short-term memory, was long theorised to have the core task of actively storing information over a short period of time. Nowadays, working memory is considered more complex, because processes such as information selection and the …

Awards

Matthias Jäger receives NIOSH Bullard-Sherwood Research-to-Practice Award

Many people know that heavy objects such as crates of drinks should be lifted close to the body „from the legs“ and if possible not „from the back“. Especially in occupations that involve a lot of repetitive lifting and carrying, correct posture is …

Ergonomics

Work interruptions have a greater impact on older people

In everyday working life, people are often interrupted in their tasks. After the phone has rung, for example, it is difficult to concentrate on the original task again. The selection of working memory content is impaired after an interruption. Observations …

Ergonomics

Call for Papers: Sabrina Sobieraj publishes Special Issue „Interventions to Reduce Stereotypes in STEM“

Women make up almost 50% of the workforce in the labor market. However, it is noteworthy that the labor force of women is not evenly distributed across all occupational groups. Certain professions and positions are still strongly gendered, especially STEM …

Awards

AHFE 2022 Best Paper Award for Georgios Athanassiou

At the 13th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and its Affiliated Conferences in New York, USA, Georgios Athanassiou from the Ergonomics Department won the Best Paper Award for the paper on „A micro-moment recommendation framework …

Ergonomics

Movement can help with the processing of visual information

Modern living and working environments are increasingly characterised by the simultaneous execution of locomotion and sensory – mostly visual – processing. Also, many job profiles require the simultaneous processing of visual information while walking.

Ergonomics

How does the human brain adapt to the ever-increasing complexity of technical devices?

How does the human brain adapt to the ever-increasing complexity of technical devices (example: corded telephone in the past and smartphone today)? At what stage of development (infant – child – adolescent – adult) does this happen?

Awards

Hugo Geiger Award for Dr. Jessica Schwarz

Every year, the Free State of Bavaria and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft award the Hugo Geiger Prize to honour young scientists for outstanding doctoral achievements in the field of applied research. This year, the third place goes to Jessica Schwarz for her …

Ergonomics

Half-time in the A.D.Le.R project

Making an emergency call quickly and successfully is the first step in the rescue chain and thus essential for saving lives and protecting property. Automatic recognition and reporting of emergencies could significantly increase the level of safety. This is …