Copyright: WZL, RWTH Aachen

Wireless communication technologies such as RFID and bluetooth as well as new communication devices from the private sector, for instance smarthphones and tablets, have found their way into production. This development offers the possibility to better design the human-machine- and human-robot-interaction. One key factor is to ensure safety aspects in the direct collaboration of humans and machines or robots.


One field of research of the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW) deals with the development, implementation and evaluation of user-system interfaces. Technical and software-ergonomic aspects play an important role within man-machine-interaction. The design process is focused on the ability of users, which will get even more important due to the demographic change issue.

The department Automation and Control of Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) offers solutions for intuitive operation concepts within the field of human-machine-interaction. Despite increasing complexity of machines and constant increase of information density the training period should be kept to a minimum.

Within the range of the project “New Socio-Technical Systems in the Textile Industry” (SozioTex), the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) and the Chair for Technology and Organization (IfS) at the Institute of Sociology of RWTH Aachen University also focus on the analysis and systematical design of socio-technical systems for man-machine interactions for aging personnel. The program focuses especially on the use of innovative and connected production steps. Within the scope of the research, augmented reality technologies for the operation of textile machines are one of technologies investigated.

The Human Computer Interaction Center (HCIC) also focuses on the research, design, development and evaluation of new user interfaces. New theories, techniques, and systems are developed in areas like interactive audio and video streams or multitouch tables and interactive surfaces.