HF Human Factors Research and Training is a group of psychologists and other social scientists who work on human factors and safety. We take part in applied research projects, give trainings, offer workshops, and publish about different aspects of human factors psychology.
Current fields of interest
- Decision-making and problem-solving in critical situations
- Safe communication
- Interorganisational cooperation
- Group behaviour and team management
- Emergency planning and crisis management
- System and organisational aspects of safety
- Design of warnings and alarms
We enjoy working in interdisciplinary contexts, e. g. with crisis management groups and emergency task forces, medical practitioners, engineers, pilots, police and firefighters. We have worked in the fields of
- Civil protection and disaster control
- Evacuation planning, guidance and simulation
- Patient safety
- Safety at major events (e.g. music festivals)
Research projects of Team HF have included projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, such as human factors in evacuation planning and simulation, emergency planning, interorganisational communication processes and shared operational pictures in large-scale emergencies. Most team members also work in safety-related research projects at the University of Jena.
Training and Consulting
include human factors basics for practitioners, emergency planning and crisis management for practitioners, human factors knowledge, team resource management, safe communication in surgery.
Team HF regularly publishes in scientific and applied journals, contributes book chapters and edits books.
Most members of Team HF are also fellows of the association Plattform Menschen in komplexen Arbeitswelten e. V. (platform – people in complex work environments) and the European chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
A choice of our publications
Rahn, S., Gödel, M., Köster, G. & Hofinger, G. (2021). Modelling airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at a local scale. Preprint, arXiv identfier 2111.08547. Online Document, URL: https://arxiv.org/abs/2111.08547.
Künzer, L., Hofinger, G. & Zinke, R. (2020). Safe Evacuation for All. A top 10 List of Requirements. In A. Dederichs, G. Köster & A. Schadschneider (Hrsg.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED2018), Lund (Sweden), 22.-24. August.
Künzer, L., Zinke, R. & Hofinger, G. (2020). Dynamic Guidance by Colored Running Lights and Affordance. In A. Dederichs, G. Köster & A. Schadschneider (Hrsg.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED2018), Lund (Sweden), 22.-24. August.
Künzer, L. & Hofinger, G. (2020). Panic and Fire Protection – Current Insights, Risk Factors and Prevention. FeuerTRUTZ international, 1/2020, S. 6-10.
Consortium for the Physics and Psychology of Human Crowd Dynamic (2019). A Glossary for Research on Human Crowd Dynamics. Collective Dynamics, 4, A 19:1-13. DOI: 10.17815/CD.2019.19
Badke-Schaub, P. & Hofinger, G. (2017). Failure in Teams – Why successful teams do not fail (so often). In S. Kunert (Ed.), Failure Management (p. 69-81). New York: Springer.
St. Pierre, M., Hofinger, G. & Simon, R. (2016). Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings (3. ed.). New York: Springer.