Clan Human-Technology Interaction

The department Robotic and Cognitive  Systems is currently working in the clan Human Technology Interaction on designing socio-technical systems in the clan Human-Technology Interaction. The interaction of humans and technology is an important part of today's systems in logistics. The research team therefore deals with existing and future work and the demonstrators in the fields of adaptive user interfaces, workplace design and context-related information visualization. Basic functions of the new Human-Technology Interaction are derived and refined. The results build the basis for a new generation of Human-Technology Interaction and the necessary research and development work. The participating institutions are on the one hand the TU Dortmund University with the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing as well as the Leibniz Institute for Work Research at the TU Dortmund University (IfADo) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST.


Opportunities for participation:


For students:

  • Studies on Human-Technology Interaction,
  • Bachelor and Master thesis, project work

For science:

  • Studies in the field of adaptive systems and contextual information representation
  • Studies on Human-Robot collaboration
  • Research collaborations for Human-Technology Interaction

For economy:

  • Contract research in the field of Human-Robot Interaction
  • Carrying out studies on Human-Robot Collaboration


  • Thomas Kirks, Jana Jost, Jan Finke, and Sebastian 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.
  • Benedikt Mättig, Thies Uwe Trapp, Alexander Sinsel, Jana Jost, and Thomas Kirks. Der Mensch in der Industrie - Innovative Unterstützung durch Augmented Reality, volume 3. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2019.
  •  Thomas Kirks, Tim Uhlott, and Jana 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). 2019.
  • Thomas Kirks and Benedikt Mättig. Internet of resources - concept for an agent-based distributed resource management in the fourth industrial revolution. In 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems, 2019.
  • Thomas Kirks, Jana Jost, Tim Uhlott, Julian Püth, and Matthias Jakobs. Evaluation of the application of smart glasses for decentralized control systems in logistics. In The 22st IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems. IEEE, 2019.
  • Thomas Kirks, Jana Jost, Tim Uhlott, and Soren Kerner. Concept and implementation of an adaptive decentralized control system for human-technology interaction. In 2019 IEEE 12th Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA), pages 127–132. IEEE, 11 2019.
  • Thomas Kirks, Jana Jost, and Tim Uhlott. Integrating humans in decentralized control systems with autonomous transport vehicles under the premise and use of proxemics distances. In Workshop on Research and Practice Challenges for Engineering Interactive Systems while Integrating Multiple Stakeholders Viewpoints. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 2019.
  • Thomas Kirks, Jana Jost, Jan Finke, and Preity 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.
  • Thomas Kirks and Jana Jost. Integrating cps into socio-technical systems. In 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems, 2019.
  • Jana Jost and Thomas Kirks. Mensch-Technik-Interaktion in Industrie 4.0 Umgebungen am Beispiel von EMILI, volume 3. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2019.
  • Jana Jost and Thomas 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.
  • Peter Detzner, Jana Jost, and Thomas Kirks. A novel task language for natural interaction in human-robot systems for warehouse logistics. In IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Education. IEEE, 2019.
  • Stuart Chapman, Jana Jost, Thomas Kirks, and Gerhard 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. 2019.