Human Factors & Usability Engineering

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The Human-Machine Interface (HMI) determines the product experience of the customer. Its design not only differentiates the product appearance from the competition, but also influences both safety and convenience. New equipment features, e.g. in communication and entertainment, innovations in the electronics sector and new interactive driver assistance and driver information functions bring new freedoms but also requirements for the design of the HMI.


  • Virtual and Rapid Prototyping of Functional Patterns and Human-Machine-Interface
  • Usability Testing in the Driving Context
  • Solutions and Tools for Usability and Software Engineering
  • Tools for analytical evaluation of the human-machine interface
  • Assessment of cognitive stress through measurement and simulation
  • Driving simulation and investigations of driver behavior
  • Mobile Digital Mock-ups and Virtual Testing
  • Solutions for Driver Condition Recognition and Vigilance Management
  • Device control using speech recognition solutions
  • Alternative and innovative operating concepts
  • Adaptive operating concepts


Project examples

SiBed [Fraunhofer IDMT]
Simulation of the operation of user interfaces on the basis of a cognitive model

HMI development and test person study in the driving simulator and on the road [Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Research and development for driver condition recognition in motor vehicles

EMOBIO - Emotion Assessment using Biometrics and Behavioral Analysis [Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Specification and development of a sensor platform based on physiological and behavioral data for emotion recognition in automotive applications, which can record and evaluate emotional reactions in real time.

Usability study of HMI prototypes for automated driving [Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Evaluation of cockpit HMI prototypes for partially and highly automated driving