International Ergonomics Association 2018


Communication Science at the 20. yearly congress of the International Ergonomics Association, short IEA, 2018

Communications Science employees at the IEA 2018 Copyright: © Lehrstuhl für Communication Science

From August 25 to 31, 2018, cluster scientist Dr. Philipp Brauner and HCIC staff members Dr. André Calero Valdez and Teresa Brell from the Communication Science chair visited the 20th Annual Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2018 in Florence, Italy. This year's IEA international congress provided a global and multidisciplinary forum for more than 1600 participants from over 70 countries to exchange ideas and experiences within the community. The wide-ranging congress dealt with more than 32 different topics related to ergonomics and the future world of work.

In his contribution "lnteracting with Risk and Uncertainty in Cyber-Physical Production Systems", which was developed in the context of the Cluster of Excellence research in the fields of Scientific Cooperation Engineering and Self-optimizing Production Networks, Dr. Brauner dealt with the topics "Uncertainty" and "Risk" in the context of cyber-physical production systems and their influence and possible cognitive distortions on the quality of decision-making in cooperation between companies. On the one hand, the aim is to develop decision support systems in production that are tailored to employees and, on the other hand, to gain an understanding of the human decision-making process when dealing with complex data. This is a topic that will also be researched in the new "Internet of Production" cluster starting in January 2019, in order to prepare the digital shadow of networked production in a user-friendly way and thus be able to control production processes more efficiently, more securely and more reliably in the future.

The varied topics of the congress offered the cluster researcher the opportunity to look beyond the horizon of production technology. Philipp Brauner is visibly enthusiastic: "The congress offered an excellent opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between automation in production technology and, for example, medicine and its effects on working life with top-class experts". In addition to the many exciting topics, the congress also impressed with the picturesque Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.