Thomas Kirks, M.Eng.

Professional Experience

 

2012 – until today: Research Associate, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Dortmund)

 

Education

 

2011: Information Technology: Microsystems Engineering (M. Eng.)

2007: Information Technology: Media Technology (Dipl.-Ing.)

 

Research Interest

 

  • Human-Technology Interaction
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Multiagent Systems

 

Projects at Fraunhofer IML

 

  • InnoLab
  • Center of excellence logistics and IT
  • Silicon Economy -Establishment of an AI-based ETA service
  • Cellular Transport Systems
  • SafeLog
  • SmARPro
  • SaLsA -Safe autonomous logistics and transport vehicles in the outdoor area

 

Patents

 

  • Sep 07, 2017 "Method with a test object for discovering and determining potentials for energy generation with energy harvesters". Patent No. DE 10 2010 051 109. Web: https://patents.google.com/patent/DE102010051109B4/en. Status: granted.
  • Feb 21, 2017 "Transport device for transporting at least one small load carrier". Patent No. DE 10 2017 202 811 A1. Web: https://patents.google.com/patent/DE102017202811A1/en. Status: applied for, disclosed.

 

Publications (Selection)

 

2021

  • T. Uhlott, S. Chapman, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Investigation of acceptance of a system for individualization of technology for human-technology interaction. In Future of Information and Communication Conference (FICC) 2021, in press.

 

2020

  • T. Kirks, J. Jost, J. Finke, S. Hoose: Modelling proxemics for human-technology-interaction in decentralized social-robot-systems. In 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems. Springer, 2020.
  • S. Kinne, J. Jost, A. Terharen, F. Feldman, M. Fiolka, T. Kirks: Process Development for CPS Design and Integration in I4.0 Systems with Humans, volume 1 of Lecture Notes Logistics. Springer, Cham, 2020.
  • M. Fiolka, T. Kirks, J. Jost: Explorative study of a brain-computer interface for order picking tasks in logistics. In Intelligent Human-Machine Systems and Cybernetics 2020, 2020.

 

2019

  • B. Mättig, T. Trapp, A. Sinsel, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Der Mensch in der Industrie - Innovative Unterstützung durch Augmented Reality, volume 3. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2019.
  • T. Kirks, T. Uhlott, J. Jost: The use of blockchain technology for private data handling for mobile agents in human-technology interaction. In 9th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems (CIS) and the 9th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM). IEEE, 11 2019.
  • T. Kirks, B. Mättig: Internet of resources - concept for an agent-based distributed resource management in the fourth industrial revolution. Journal of Advances in Computer Networks, 7(1), 2019.
  • T. Kirks, J. Jost, T. Uhlott: Integrating humans in decentralized control systems with autonomous transport vehicles under the premise and use of proxemic distances. In Workshop on Research and Practice Challenges for Engineering Interactive Systems while Integrating Multiple Stakeholders Viewpoints. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2019.
  • T. Kirks, J. Jost, J. Finke, P. Gupta: Follow me - collaboration between human workers and autonomous transport vehicles for better process integration. In 10th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Springer, 2019.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks: Mensch-Technik-Interaktion in Industrie 4.0 Umgebungen am Beispiel von EMILI, volume 3. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2019.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks: A flexible interaction module for adaptive user control for autonomous transport vehicles. In International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems. Springer, 2019.
  • S. Chapman, J. Jost, T. Kirks, G. Rinkenauer: Examining the effects of height, velocity and emotional representation of a social transport robot and human factors in human-robot-collaboration. In 17th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. IFIP, 2019.

 

2018

  • D. Puljiz, S. Kerner, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Augmented reality and intention recognition in robotic warehouses. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2018.
  • B. Mättig, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Virtuelle welten - datenbrillen in der intralogistik. Industrie 4.0 Management, 2018.
  • B. Mättig, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Erweiterte Horizonte - Ein technischer Blick in die Zukunft der Arbeit, pages 63–72. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2018.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks, M. Fiolka, S. Chapman: Sociotechnical design of industrial transport vehicle and its interaction with humans in manufacturing systems. In 9th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, pages 36–48. Springer, 2018.
  • H. Hirsch-Kreinsen, P. Ittermann, J. Niehaus, M. ten Hompel, J.  Dregger, B. Mättig, T. Kirks: Social Manufacturing and Logistics – Arbeit in der digitalisierten Produktion, volume 2, pages 175–194. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2018.
  • S. Chapman, T. Kirks, J. Jost: Study on interaction modalities between humans and cps in sociotechnical systems. In 1st International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, pages 1044–1050. Springer, 2018.

 

2017

  • T. Kirks, J. Jost, B. Mättig: Optimierung manueller Arbeitsprozesse in der Intralogistik durch Unterstützung des Menschen mit Augmented Reality, chapter 14, pages 207–221. B + G Wissenschaftsverlag, 2017.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks, B. Mättig, A. Sinsel, T. U. Trapp: Der Mensch in der Industrie - Innovative Unterstützung durch Augmented Reality, pages 153–174. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2017.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks: Herausforderungen der mensch-technik-interaktion in der intralogistik. In Future Challenges in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, volume 3. Fraunhofer IML, Dortmund, 2017.

 

2016

  • B. Mättig, I. Lorimer, T. Kirks, J. Jost: Untersuchung des einsatzes von augmented reality im verpackungsprozess unter berücksichtigung spezifischer anforderungen an die informationsdarstellung sowie die ergonomische einbindung des menschen in den prozess. In Logistics Journal, 2016.

 

2015

  • B. Mättig, T. U. Trapp, A. Sinsel, J. Jost, T. Kirks: Der Mensch in der Industrie - Innovative Unterstützung durch Augmented Reality, volume 2, pages 245–262. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, September 2015.
  • J. Jost, T. Kirks, B. Mättig: Nützliche Sprechblasen, chapter 3, pages 36–39. Huss-Verlag, 2015.

 

2014

  • M. ten Hompel, C. Kirsch, T. Kirks: Zukunftspfade der Logistik - Technologien, Prozesse und Visionen zur vierten industriellen Revolution, chapter 16, pages 203–213. Springer Vieweg, 2014.
  • T. Kirks: Die rolle des menschen in industrie 4.0. In Zukunftskongress Logistik - 35. Dortmunder Gespräche, 2014.

 

2012

  • T. Kirks, J. Stenzel, A. Kamagaew, M. ten Hompel: Zellulare transportfahrzeuge für flexible und wandelbare intralogistiksysteme. Logistics Journal, 2012(01):6, 2012.