Second German Workshop on

Rail Human Factors

March 8 and 9, 2016
Stadthalle Braunschweig, Leonhardplatz, 38102 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.
The workshop will consist of
  • Keynotes by invited speakers
  • Presentations selected from abstracts received in response to the
    call for papers
  • A poster session
  • An evening reception
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.

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 and situation awareness
  • Human error and human reliability
  • Incident investigation
  • Safety culture
  • Human factors integration (e.g., in organizational processes)
  • Rules and standards
  • October 10, 2015: Deadline for receipt of abstracts
  • November 1, 2015: Notification of acceptance
  • December 15, 2015: Deadline for full paper submission
  • January 30, 2016: Review feedback
  • February 15, 2016: Deadline for final paper
  • March 8-9, 2016: Workshop


Please download the Call for Papers.


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


The official workshop language will be English to allow discussions with experts from different countries. Registration will be open beginning January, 2016. The fee includes lunch and refreshments over the two days and the evening reception. Presenter of Papers and Posters pay a reduced registration fee (half price).

General tems and conditions Legal notice