»We research and develop user-centered human-machine interfaces for interactive systems in complex, safety-critical environments.«

MMS | Human-Machine Systems

The Human-Machine Systems (MMS) department specializes in presenting complex technologies and processes in a way that is clear and transparent for humans and in making the interactions between people and technology time- and stress-resistant. The procedure for carrying out projects and studies is based on the DIN ISO 9241-210 standard for user-centered design of interactive systems, and its methods, procedures and tools are continuously applied, reviewed and refined. For practical testing, new user-centered ideas are implemented in hardware and software.

Technical competencies include ergonomic system analysis and empirical evaluation of human-machine systems as well as the conception and user-centered design of human-machine interfaces with a focus on interaction and information presentation. Methodical competencies include task and process analyses, modeling and simulation of team processes, usability studies and prototype development.

Organizational ergonomics

The Organizational Ergonomics Research Group (OE) focuses on research and development of ergonomic methods and tools for analyzing and optimizing work processes, development and integration of support technologies into existing work systems, and development of exercise and training concepts.


Control centers and decision support

The Control Centers and Decision Support (LuE) research group focuses on the design of control centers, the study of ergonomic interaction concepts, research in adaptive systems and the development of assistance and decision support systems.


Information visualization and interaction

The Information Visualization and Interaction (IvI) research group focuses on the development of methods for the design of interactive information display, development and evaluation of innovative interface technologies, and visual analytics for the intuitive analysis of large, complex data sets.



  • Operations Center of the Future
  • Simulation and test environment
  • Usability laboratory
  • Laboratory for Adaptive Human-Machine Interaction
  • User status detection and diagnosis
  • Development of support/adaptation strategies 


Official bodies

  • IST-Panel Chair - NATO Science & Technology Organization: Information Systems and Technology Panel
  • NATO IST-141 - Exploratory Visual Analystics
  • Program Committee: IST-133 Specialists Meeting Visual Analytics for Cyber Security
  • IMO Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue
  • NATO HFM-259 - Human Systems Integration Approach for Cyber Security