About us

The Human-Machine Systems Engineering Group deals in an interdisciplinary approach in research and teaching with the user-oriented development of effective and efficient human-machine systems. The objective is to optimise interaction between human and technical devices and systems.

The field of research is methodically a composition of cognition- and industrial science, ergonomics, systems engineering, as well as software- and information engineering. As required engineers of various disciplines, computer scientists, psychologists, and designers work together in application-oriented research-, development-, and consulting projects.

The lectures offered by the group cover all major fields of industrial engineering, human-machine systems, and systems engineering and are attended by students of, among others, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, psychology, and product design.

The group was founded by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Gunnar Johannsen in 1982 as first university institution in Germany which focus on human-machine systems research. After he retired Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Schmidt is head of the group since 2008. The group belongs to the institute of industrial science and process management (IfA) in the department of mechanical engineering and is part of the interdisciplinary research center for information system design (ITeG).