Our core topics, user experience and usability, play a central role in many areas. This is the reason we are involved in many interdisciplinary projects. Descriptions of selected current collaborations are below.

AI/machine-human interfaces (UX) with light and sound signals - Prof. von Hoffmann

Professor von Hoffmann, a mechatronics engineer in the efi Faculty at Nuremberg Tech, has been actively researching for well over 10 years on the intersections between mechanics/electronics, hardware/software, and human/machine for the automobile and traffic engineering sectors. In applied research and development projects, examples of his research include developing new technologies for the implementation of safety-related human-machine-interaction using light for retroreflectors (BMBF research project: RETROX[1]) or programmable, variable message signs for motorways (StMWi research project: FAMA[2]) . In the past three years he has extended his research activities to topics related to technical, functional sound design , developed a related SMART vhb instructional module series, and is working currently on these topics across-Faculties in two LEONARDO projects, “The car as the communication platform of the future[3],[4] and “Emotion AI”, with colleagues in the Faculties of Design (Professors Ebnöther and Zitzmann), Business Administration (Prof. Hahn), Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Humanities (Prof. Kaiser). In these projects, together with his colleagues, Professor von Hoffmann is researching how light and sound signals can be combined to enable a better user experience (UX) for vehicle occupants, but also for other traffic participants. In particular, the synthesis of affective warning and information tones is the subject of his research.

The car as the communication platform of the future

Das Auto als Kommunikationsplattform der Zukunft

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VR interior view of a car

Recently, an approximately 30 minute video on the LEONARDO youtube channel[5] featured the results of his research on the display of warning signals, for example, on the windshield of autonomous vehicles. 

His expertise in the area of design engineering influences the virtual prototypes (VR) developed at UEC, which can be used with eye-tracking systems to examine and evaluate user experience (UX) of these light and sound signals by test subjects.

[1] https://www.th-nuernberg.de/fileadmin/newsdaten/Pressemitteilungen/2018/2018_03_März/PM_14_TH_Nürnberg_Retrox.pdf

[2] https://www.th-nuernberg.de/fileadmin/newsdaten/Pressemitteilungen/2018/2018_04_April/PM_16_TH_Nürnberg_FAMA.pdf

[3] https://leonardo-zentrum.de/scenario-planning-fuer-die-zukunft-des-autos/

[4] https://www.th-nuernberg.de/fakultaeten/efi/forschung/forschungsaktive-labore/cad/das-fahrzeug-als-kommunikationsplattform-der-zukunft/

[5] https://youtu.be/2-GN1feCWYE