The project "interdisciplinary methods of industrial process modeling" is promoted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the scope of the program "Interaction between natural sciences and humanities."


The interdisciplinary joint project of linguistics and communication science, psychology, and ergonomics is focused on the development of an integrative approach for evaluation, further development, and application of industrial process modelling procedures with the representation of complex and abstract information.


Process models play a pivotal role within the operational knowledge management. Their creation and usability within the operational context is largely defined by linguistic-visual procedures which have not been sufficiently considered in existing engineer-scientific approaches until now.

The aim of the project is the identification of weak spots of engineer-scientific process models, the optimization of graphic-visual notation systems, as well as the development of methods in order to minimize the losses of information and communication within process descriptions. The project is a collaboration with an industrial partner (Seidel GmbH + Co., Marburg).

The interdisciplinary cooperation permits innovative contributions for the development of theoretical and methodical concepts, as the evaluation and optimization of industrial notation systems or the enlargement and specification of procedure to the analysis of communicative barriers.


Project information:

Federal Ministry of education and research (BMBF) 
Funding priority: "Interaction between natural sciences and humanities"


Prof. Dr. E.-M. Jakobs
Textlinguistics and Technical Communication

Prof. Dr. C. Schlick
Institute for Ergonomics

Prof. Dr. M. Ziefle
Communication Science

Period of time:

09/01/2008 – 11/31/2010


Dr. Katrin Arning

Team members:

Dr. Katrin Arning
Julia Spanke, M.A.
Dipl.-Ing. Tim Jesske
Jenny Paola Figueroa Díaz
Stefan Ladwig