Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Bengler und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Veit Senner

Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Bengler and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Veit Senner

Institute of Ergonomics and Division of Sports Equipment and Materials

Welcome to the joint website of the Institute of Ergonomics (Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Bengler) and the Division of Sports Equipment and Material ( Prof. Dr.-Ing. Veit Senner) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technischen Universität München.


Seminar: Human Factors of Automated & Cooperative Driving 2. October 2015

Starting this winter semester, we offer the new international seminar (for HFE master students) Human Factors of Automated and Cooperative Driving. The registration is possible via TUMonline.

Suitability for Use while Driving — Introduction for (App) Developers 3. September 2015

To address the topic mobile devices and help developers on the first steps in the field of driver distraction, the Institute of Ergonomics prepared an introduction. This document was written within the German project Urban Space: User oriented assistance systems and network management (UR:BAN 2013-2016); funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Therefore, you can download it for free: Suitability for Use while Driving — Introduction for (App) Developers

Visiting Professor: Riender Happee 15. June 2015

Riender Happee (TU Delft) has been awarded a grant in the Visiting Professorship Program of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts. At the Institute of Ergonomics he will perform research and initiate projects in the field of Automotive Human Factors (e.g. in the project HFAuto).

About Institute and Division

The Institute of Ergonomics (Prof. Dr. phil. Klaus Bengler) is primarily active in the research on definition and evaluation of Human-Machine Interaction and anthropometric layout of technical systems (cars, software, planes, production facilities and tools). In these areas safety, efficiency of use and user satisfaction in numerous usage scenarios play a predominant role.

Ergonomic research gains increasing importance facing the current demographic and economic developments, as ergonomic quality and joy of use are important properties for products on globalized markets. This is a fact for consumer products as well as investment products and especially true for the car. Especially automotive research topics proof to be a valuable research paradigm of Ergonomics as a very heterogeneous user group is in interaction with one of the most complex machines in a wide bandwidth of different contexts. Nevertheless requirements of safety, comfort and efficiency have to be met simultaneously. Since 1964, the Institute is offering a variety of lectures for future teachers and upgrades for teachers. These cover basic ergonomic skills, pedagogy and didactics.

The specialty division Sport Equipment and Materials (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Veit Sen­ner) is a new member of our faculty. In 2002 it has been initially established at the Faculty of Sports Science. August 2009 it was transferred to Mechanical Engineering where it became an associated division at the Institute of Ergonomics (Professor Bengler). As its research and teaching is clearly positioned between engineering science and sports science it was consequent to express this interdisciplinary by maintaining a co-membership in the former Faculty of Sports Science.

Currently there are 5 internal staff members and 5 external in two spin-off companies working for the division’s benefit.