Third German Workshop on Rail Human Factors 2018

17 to 18 April 2018

Braunschweig, Germany


We are pleased to announce the 3rd German Workshop on Rail Human Factors: 

3rd German Workshop on Rail Human Factors
17 and 18 April 2018
Braunschweig, Germany

Human factors in railways is a topic that becomes more and more important. So far, changes to the railway system were driven by technical developments with the human acting as back up. However, little thought was given if and how humans can best fulfill their new role. 

In other European countries, especially Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries, rail human factors research is well established. Unfortunately, due to the diverse nature of the railways systems with e.g. its different operational rules and safety culture a simple transfer of their research results is not possible. Rail human factors research in Germany is so far very limited. With this workshop we hope to help raise awareness to the importance of rail human factors and want to trigger new research in this area in Germany especially within the community of railway research as we are convinced that only with a strong background in railways best results will be obtained. 

Focus of the workshop will be research aiming for a user-friendly, safe and efficient rail transport of tomorrow. Research areas can be, for example, train drivers’ and signallers’ workplaces, level crossings, metro and light rail, traffic management, and organizational processes.

Full paper submission – Deadline extended: 22 January 2018


The aim of this workshop is to bring together scientists and industry representatives from different countries to share Rail Human Factors knowledge and discuss current topics in this field. We will raise awareness to the importance of Rail Human Factors and want to trigger further research in this area in Germany. The workshop will consist of keynotes, presentations, a poster session and an evening reception.

Topics of Interes

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

- Ergonomics and Usability of advisory and assistance systems
- Automation, Train control systems
- Fatigue, monotony, mental workload
- Risk, Human error and Human reliability
- Situation awareness
- Incident investigation
- Safety culture
- Human Factors Integration (e.g., in organizational processes)
- Rules and Standards

Conference Proceedings

The conference proceedings will be published electronically and provided with an ISBN. They will include all full papers as well as the poster abstracts. All successful submitters of papers and posters must register to be included in the proceedings.


The official workshop language is English. The registration will be open beginning January, 2018. For details see

Call for Abstracts

The Rail Human Factors workshop will offer three possible options for presenting research:

- Oral presentation (including full paper with max. 10 pages)
- Poster (including full paper with max. 10 pages)
- Poster (only abstract published)

The preferred form of presentation has to be indicated with the abstract.

The abstract has to address the topic of the planned paper as well as give information about, e.g. the methodology and results. The abstract has to be detailed enough to allow the Program Committee to make an informed decision about the acceptance of the proposed paper or poster.

Abstracts should be in English and submitted using the provided template under The abstract word limit is 500. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by members of the program committee. Send your abstract by e-mail to The deadline for abstract submission is the 15 November 2017.

Key Dates

Extended – 22 November 2017: Deadline for receipt of abstracts

1 December, 2017: Notification of acceptance

Extended – 22 January 2018: Deadline for full paper submission

1 March, 2018: Review feedback

15 March 2018: Deadline for final paper



Organizing Committee

Dr. Birgit Milius (TU Braunschweig)
Dr. Anja Naumann (German Aerospace Center)

Program Committee

Prof. Dr. Karsten Lemmer (German Aerospace Center)
Prof. Dr. Jörn Pachl (TU Braunschweig)
Prof. Dr. Martin Baumann (Universität Ulm)
Marc Burkhardt (Siemens AG)
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Manzey (TU Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Ullrich Martin (Universität Stuttgart)
Dr. Birgit Milius (TU Braunschweig)
Dr. Anja Naumann (German Aerospace Center)



Christian Neveu is responsible for Organizational and Human Factors at the system safety direction of SNCF, the French public railway Group. He is also chairman of the human factors working group of the UIC (International Union of Railways) safety platform. His expertise covers all topics related to the implementation of human factors principles and methods in safety management as well as safety culture action plans.



Richard van der Weide is managing director of INTERGO, an independent Dutch consultancy in human factors & ergonomics. Richard has a background in work physiology and applied cognitive psychology, and is a registered European ergonomist. Regarding Rail Human Factors he focuses on HF integration in design, maintenance of rolling stock, mental workload and human error, etc.



The registration will be open beginning January 2018.

Registration fees:
- 400,00 Euro for participants
- 200,00 Euro for presenting authors

If you are interested in getting further information as soon as the registration is available, please send an e-mail to

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