Introduction to this Special Issue on “Human-Machine Interaction and Cooperation in Safety-Critical Systems”

  • 1 University of Luebeck – Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23562 Lübeck, Germany
  • 2 University of Siegen, Kohlbettstr. 15, 57072 Siegen, Germany
  • 3 Hochschule Ruhr West, University of Applied Sciences, Bottrop, Germany
Tilo Mentler
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  • Tilo Mentler, Christian Reuter and Stefan Geisler are founding members and members of the executive board of the special interest group “Human-Computer-Interaction in Safety-Critical Systems” within the technical committee “Human-Computer Interaction” of the German Informatics Society (GI).Tilo Mentler is junior professor of safety-critical human-computer systems in technology and medicine at the Institute for Multimedia and Interactive Systems (IMIS) of the University of Luebeck. His main areas of interest are human-computer interaction in safety-critical contexts, usability engineering and interaction design of mobile and wearable devices. He is a founding member and vice-chairman of the section “HCI in Safety-Critical Systems” of the GI. Prof. Mentler is delegate of the GI to the IFIP Domain Committee on IT in Disaster Risk Reduction.
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, Christian Reuter
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  • Christian Reuter is divisional director of crisis information systems at the Institute for Information Systems of the University of Siegen. He received a PhD for his work on (inter-)organizational collaboration technology design for crisis management. Before his scientific engagement he was full time consultant for a telecommunication corporation. He has acquired, conducted and managed national and international consultancy and research projects and has published about 85 scientific articles in information systems, human-computer interaction, crisis management and social media. He is voluntary founding chairman of the section “HCI in Safety-Critical Systems” of the GI.
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and Stefan Geisler
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  • Stefan Geisler is Professor for Applied Computer Science and Human-Machine Interaction at Hochschule Ruhr West, University of Applied Sciences in Bottrop, Germany. After he received his Ph. D. from the Technical University Clausthal he worked for several years in the industry, at Ford Werke GmbH in Cologne. There he worked in different automotive HMI projects from research to serial development. 2010 he was offered a professorship. In his research he continues working on automotive HMI, but also on usability of different kinds of technology in times of demographic change (User Interfaces for Ambient Assisted Living systems) and for safety-critical systems. He is a founding member of the section “HCI in Safety-Critical Systems” of the GI.
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Mission- and safety-critical domains are more and more characterized by interactive and multimedia systems varying from large-scale technologies (e. g. airplanes) to wearable devices (e. g. smartglasses) operated by professional staff or volunteering laypeople. While technical availability, reliability and security of computer-based systems are of utmost importance, outcomes and performances increasingly depend on sufficient human-machine interaction or even cooperation to a large extent. While this i-com Special Issue on “Human-Machine Interaction and Cooperation in Safety-Critical Systems” presents recent research results from specific application domains like aviation, automotive, crisis management and healthcare, this introductory paper outlines the diversity of users, technologies and interaction or cooperation models involved.

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