New project Kamäleon on urban mobility

We start to work on the project “Kamäleon” (constructive adaptive mobility by light vehicles without borders). The aim of the project is to further develop kickTrike©, an electric light vehicle by Constin GmbH.

This vehicle is specially designed for urban and intermodal transport. It can transport loads and can also be taken on public transport like a bicycle.

In the future, the kickTrike© will be able to adapt even better to mixed traffic and be ready to drive on the road as well as on footpaths and cycle paths. It automatically changes its visual appearance when it switches from one traffic area (e. g. road) to another (e. g. cycle path). User tests are used to evaluate the acceptance of such a vehicle for mixed traffic. One of the goals is to create a green alternative to cars.

Project start CONTENT4ALL

Our new project CONTENT4ALL will start on September 1st. Together with 5 european partners we will develop a new approach, translating spoken language in media into sign-interpreted language via 3D representation of the human sign-interpreter on a personalized stream for the deaf.

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CONTENT4ALL will demonstrate automated sign-translation applied to a real-world television broadcasting scenario, which is envisaged to lead to new approaches and innovations in the area in the long-run. HFC will bring in its user-centered design approach together with its expertise in user research, User Experience, and accessibility.

The team consists of the Fincons Group AG, the University of Surrey, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the Swiss TEXT AG, Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie and HFC Human-Factors-Consult and is funded by the European Union.

We are looking forward to 3 years of successful cooperation!

Project completion roboethics

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The topic of roboethics in the industrial domain was addressed by HFC in association with the Institute of Philosophy at the Technical University of Berlin for the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in a nine-month-project.

The objective of the project was to identify socio-ethical aspects of human-robot-interaction that are especially relevant in the industrial domain. Following several theoretical analyses, three essential variables were identified that impact emotional aspects, the perceived responsibility, and the user acceptance in the industrial HRI: the hierarchical role of robot and human in the interaction, level of robot autonomy, and robot morphology in terms of shape, context, communication, and motion. The results form the basis of socio-ethical design guidelines for industrial HRI.

On june 24th, HFC participated at the Berlin / Brandenburg “Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften” presenting this project and having enthusiastic discussions at an invited panel session on roboethics.

Completed study on safety potential of cycle helmets

In a research project on behalf of the Departments of Transportation of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Thuringia, HFC examined the impact of cycle helmets on improving traffic safety and measures to increase helmet use among cyclists. The final report is now published (PDF in German). Overall we conclude that many injuries and fatalities in Germany could be avoided by cyclists wearing a bicycle helmet.

Cooperation agreement signed

HFC Human-Factors-Consult GmbH and m-click-aero GmbH will cooperate in order to provide state of the art situational awareness services for aeronautical traffic management in multiple airport control.

The companies will team up to combine’s expertise in the area of SWIM enabled aeronautical data integration, processing and delivery with HFC’s unique multi-airport control assistance MasterMAN®. With MasterMAN® HFC develops an innovative strategy and optimization tool, which supports air traffic and staff planning in multi-airport control operations. will provide the respective data integration and processing.

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Advanced (mobile) Information- and communication technology in control rooms

Beginning in March 2017 we are working on the topic of “Stress and strain of control room operators when using advanced interaction concepts and mobile ICT” on behalf of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health BAuA.

The project is part of a larger BAuA research program, in which potential hazards in control rooms arising from advanced ICT are investigated. The program aims at deriving required work design modifications. Of special interest in our project are novel communication technologies which support control room operators to exchange information on system status, maintenance works, etc. with their colleagues on site in the plant.

More information can be found in the project description.

Camera Monitor Systems as a source for driver information

HFC is starting a new project commissioned by the Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt, German Federal Highway Research Institute) to investigate camera monitor systems (CMS) in a real world driving scenario.

Camera Monitor System

Such systems enable a video-assisted monitoring of the rear vehicle area via one or more monitors inside the vehicle. The projects purpose is to check perception, behavior, and safety issues related to the performance of a CMS compared to conventional exterior mirrors and to conclude possible requirements for future CMS.

More information can be found in the description of the project.

KUKoMo Project Website online

Since October 2016, HFC supports small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses in the development of innovative system solutions for human-robot-collaboration (HRC).

With our expertise regarding Human Factors and human-machine interaction, we will facilitate the implementation of robots into the concrete work places in terms of a sound collaboration between humans and robots.

Discover more about the project’s objectives, approach and our partners at (Website in German only).

Season’s greetings and a prosperous Year 2017

…with best wishes from HFC Human-Factors-Consult.

Besinnliche Festtage und ein erfolgreiches Jahr 2017

Cordial thanks for the pleasant cooperation during the past years.

Make a robot a colleague

Learn about the human-robot-interaction or other exciting topics from our portfolio. Since October 2016, we are working in two new robotic-projects, in which we observe the human-robot-collaboration from an ethical perspective and also deal with specific implementation for SMEs.

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ACTION-TV at the Media Days in Munich

Our project ACTION-TV was being presented at the Media days in Munich Germany held from October 25-27, 2016.

Action TV

With smart data, smart TV, and social media the project reflected quite well key topics of the exhibition. At the fair, you were able to meet a wide range of digital media professionals: TV and radio broadcasters, online and mobile content providers as well as companies in the areas of production and media technologies.

Learn more about the project from our new 360° video.