5th German Workshop on Rail Human Factors

Online Workshop

In a time, where digitalization and automatization are on everyone’s mind, we must not forget about the human and how to keep him/her in the loop. Requirements and tasks are changing and impose new challenges on the work force. Rail human factors deals with the question of how to incorporate the human in today’s railway system as well as the system of the future.

The fourth German workshop on Rail Human Factors will offer an opportunity to meet with national and international experts in the fields of railway research and rail human factors. It will consist of presentations and lots of time for discussions.

The Workshop is realised online!
We will be using Zoom. The link will be emailed to all registered participants and speakers in time for the meeting.

You can download the call for presentations here:

You can download the abstract template here:

Topics of interest

Focus of the workshop is human-related research aiming for a user-friendly, safe and efficient rail transport of tomorrow.
The workshop topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Agenda 2020

Have a look at the abstracts from 2020:

  1. Giulio Nisoli, Nicole Stoller, Stefan Wahrstätter, Karin Hostettler, Prof. Dr. Katrin Fischer (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland):
    Good Rules
  2. Dr. Annika Dreßler, Joana Illgen, Dr. Jan Daniel Grippenkoven (German Aerospace Center (DLR e.V.)):
    Is a train coming? Effects of two low-cost safety measures on road user behavior at a passive level crossing
  3. Jonas Brüngger, Mario Niederhauser, Michaela Wirth, Josua Peter, Tanja Huber (University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland):
    Reducing Monotony in Rail Signaling by Secondary Tasks with Various Levels of Difficulty – An Experimental Study
  4. Stefan Wahrstätter, Jonas Brüngger, Nicole Stoller, Giulio Nisoli, Karin Hostettler, Prof. Dr. Katrin Fischer (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland):
    Developing trainings to improve cognitive skills of technical operator in the railway domain
  5. Niels Brandenburger, Dr. Anja Naumann, German Aerospace Center (DLR e.V.)):
    A prototype to develop and evaluate remote control workplaces for future automated railway operation
  6. Nicole Stoller, Giulio Nisoli, Jonas Brüngger, Stefan Wahrstätter, Melisa Dittrich, Karin Hostettler, Prof. Dr. Katrin Fischer (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland):
    Use of modern communication devices in the train driver’s cab – risks and design options
  7. Dr. Sabine Berghaus, Philipp Quaet-Faslem, Dr. Kristian Weiss (Siemens Mobility GmbH & Siemens AG):
    Creating driver-vehicle collaboration in autonomous environments: Siemens Autonomous Tram
  8. Jayne Yeo (European Union Agency for Railways):
    What role for the EU regulator as regards Human and Organisational Factors (HOF) in railway automation?
  9. Marc Burkhardt (Siemens Mobility GmbH):
    Integration of UX into CENELEC 50128 based processes
  10. Bart Accou (European Union Agency for Railways):
    ERA Safety Culture Programm
  11. Baris Cogan (TU Berlin):
    Remote driving options as a fallback system for automated trains
  12. Inge van Kooten-Satter, Vera Verstappen, Stan Albers, Lammert Visser. Ellen Dircks (Netherlands Railways):
    The development of a joint cognitive system of train driver and ATO GoA2 at Netherlands Railways

Important Dates


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5th Workshop on Rail Human Factors


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Organising Committee


Dipl.-Inf. Marc Burkhardt
(Siemens Mobility GmbH)


Prof. Dr. Birgit Milius
(TU Berlin)


Dr. Anja Naumann
(German Aerospace Center)


Adriana Ehlers

Project Assistant

Phone: +49 531 231721-28