Visit Prof. Hoffrage
In February, Prof. Hoffrage visited us for a short flying visit and to talk with us about the current state of our project. We thank him very much for his time, and the constructive exchange.
Preliminary studies VR study
At the end of January, the VR study started in which the test persons have to master different road crossing situations with and without an assistance system in the virtual reality.
IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA)
In December, Mr. Qureshi attended the IEEE conference in Orlando. Mr. Qureshi presented his research there in the form of a poster presentation and thus won the poster award. We sincerely congratulate Mr. Qureshi on his success.
Science Slam Hamburg
In November, Mr. Breitinger took part in a science slam in Hamburg and presented his research in a humorous way to a non-specialist audience.
Start field test
With a slight delay, the field test started in October. The aim was to evaluate the assistance system under the most realistic conditions possible. For this purpose, 30 test persons completed a given Parkour close to the TU Berlin making them cross several busy roads. Using camera and head tracking, the behavior was recorded with and without assistance system. In addition, the subjects received several questionnaires completed during and after the course.
Presentation of the FANS project with Prof. Wendy Rogers
In September, Dr. Wiczorek gave an expert lecture on the work of the junior research group as part of the Kinesiology and Community Health Colloquium Series 2018 at the College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA.In exchange with Prof. Wendy Rogers, Ms. Wiczorek received very positive feedback on our work so far, new ideas for future projects and laid the foundations for future cooperation.
New student assistant
Since the beginning of July Mr. Max Neufeld assists the FANS team as a student assistant. Mr. Neufeld has a bachelor in psychology and studies human factors at the TU Berlin. We are looking forward to work with Mr. Neufeld and wish him a good start.
From 24th to 30th of June this year's iCAP took place in Montréal. In a symposium, Mrs. Wiczorek presented the participatory photo questionnaire, a method developed by her for interviewing older people. Mrs. Wiczorek was very pleased with the positive feedback, the constructive comments and made new and interesting contacts.
Completion of the laboratory study about compensation for age-related attention deficits in road crossing with a pedestrian assistance systems
In June, we successfully completed our laboratory study about compensation for age-related attention deficits in road crossing with a pedestrian assistance systems. The focus of the study was on the comparison of behavior and reaction time in different attention-relevant traffic situations with and without the support of an automatic assistance system with a vibro-tactile interface. For the support during the implementation we would like to thank Mrs. Hahn, Mrs. Sander and Mr. Steffen, as well as Mrs. Mytyukova for the coordination.
Long Night of Sciences
This year the FANS-Team participated for the first time in the Long Night of Sciences. In the House of Learning we presented our prototype and gave the opportunity to test our assistance system. Also, we had the possibility to get in contact with our target group, recruit potential test persons and discuss our research with experts and laymen. For more impressions visit our social media at Facebook and Twitter.
New student assistant
Since the beginning of May Mr. Maciej Filipkowski assists the FANS team as a student assistant. Mr. Filipkowski has a bachelor in industrial engineering and studies human factors at the TU Berlin. We are looking forward to work with Mr. Filipkowski and wish him a good start.
Status Meeting 2018
Our annual status meeting took place on 11th of April. Prof. Dr. Henning from the RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Manzey from the TU Berlin, and Prof. Dr. Glasmacher from the Ruhr Universität Bochum were visiting us to take a closer look at our work and to discuss with us the current status of our project and the further procedure. We would like to thank everyone for their time, the qualified input and the interesting discussions.
Meeting with the senior representative of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
On 22nd of March we met with the senior representative of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg to discuss the possibilities of a cooperation. We already started the year before and we decided to intensive the cooperation in the future. We would like thank Dr. Kloß for his time and his interest in our project and are looking forward to our further cooperation.
New student assistant
Since the beginning of Feburary Mrs. Constanze Hahn assists the FANS team as a student assistant. Mrs. Hahn has a bachelor in psychology and studies human factors at the TU Berlin. She will work with Mrs. Anna Zirk in the DFG-Project on the behavioral effectiveness of alarm systems with adaptable thresholds in younger and older adults on the example of a pedestrian assistance system. Mrs. Friederike Sander has a bachelor in Psychology and will amongst other things help with the experiments. We are very happy to have thme on our team and wish both a good start.
New student assistant
Since the beginning of January Mr. Mirko Steffen assists the FANS team as a student assistant. Mr. Steffen has a bachelor in electrical engineering and studies human factors at the TU Berlin. He will with Mrs. Anna Zirk in the DFG-Project on the behavioral effectiveness of alarm systems with adaptable thresholds in younger and older adults on the example of a pedestrian assistance system. We are very happy to have him on the team and wish him a good start.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
The year is almost over. We would like to thank everyone for the support this year. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Return of Mrs. Rima Akil from her parental leave and welcoming new Student Assistants
We are happy to announce the return of Mrs. Rima Akil, B.Sc., from her parental leave. We wish her a good start, lots of fun and are glad to have her back.
We warmly welcome our new Student Assistants Muntasir Alam, B.Sc. and Samira Yarollahi, B.Sc. and wish them lots of fun.
Walk21, HFES Europe Chapter, Deutscher Kongress für Geografie, Informatik 2017
As every year in September it is time for conferences. This year we were at the Walk21 in Calgary, HFES Europe Chapter in Rom, Deutscher Kongress für Geografie in Tübingen and Informatik 2017 in Chemnitz. We listened to exciting presentations, interesting discussions and met a lot of likeminded people. We are already looking forward to next year. Especially to the HFES Europe Chapter 2018 in Berlin as some of us will be involved in the organization.
Return of Anna Zirk
We are happy to welcome back Mrs. Anna Zirk, M.Sc., who is working as a scientific assistant on the DFG-Project raised by Dr. Rebecca Wiczorek. The project of Anna Zirk is affiliated to the FANS group. We are glad to continue our collaboration with her.
DFG-Project on the behavioral effectiveness of alarm systems with adaptable thresholds in younger and older adults on the example of a pedestrian assistance system
Dr. Rebecca Wiczorek, head of the junior research group FANS, managed with the help of Anna Zirk, M.Sc., to raise third-party funds for a DFG-Project with a running time of 26 months. The aim is to investigate the behavioral effectiveness of alarm systems with adaptable thresholds in younger and older adults using the example of a pedestrian assistance system.
3. Future Congress "Technik zum Menschen bringen" in Bonn
At the 26th and 27th of June the 3. Future Congress „Technik zum Menschen bringen“ took place in Bonn. Besides different talks and presentations there was an exhibition of various projects funded by the BMBF. One of the theme islands was dedicated to the junior research groups of the funding about the human-technology interaction for the demographic change. This gave us and the other junior research groups the possibility to present our work and to exchange ideas with our godfathers, the project promoters, with each other, and other interested visitors. We would like to thank everyone for that opportunity and to say thank you for the positive feedback and the constructive suggestions.
New student assistants
We are glad to announce that two new student assistants have joined our team in June. Mrs. Leonie Raddatz has a Bachelor in Economic Psychology and is now doing her Master in Human Factors at the TU Berlin. Her main task in the project will be the assistance with the construction and execution of the EEG-experiments. Mr. Muntasir Alam holds a Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunication and is now doing his Master in Internet Technologies and Architecture at the TU Berlin. He will mainly be entrusted to support the technical development of the assistance system. We would like to welcome both to our team and are looking forward to our collaboration.
Our annual status meeting took place on 9th of May. Dr. Marcel Kappel from VDI/VDE was visiting us to take a closer look at our work and to discuss with us the current status of our project and the further procedure. We would like to thank Dr. Kappel for his time, his qualified input and the interesting discussions.
New Scientific Assistant
Starting 24th of April Mr. Hasham Qureshi reinforces our Team as a scientific assistant. Mr. Qureshi holds a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering and a Master in Automation and Robotics and will be responsible for the technical implementation of the assistance system. We would like to warmly welcome Mr. Qureshi and looking forward to work with him.
Study on different feedback modalities of a pedestrian assistance system
In April we were abel to complete a study on different feedback modalities of a pedestrian assistance system instructed by Mrs. Wiczorek. We tested tactile (vibration) and thermal (cold) feedback that is supposed to guide the attention of the older pedestrians. We tested with older test persons in the laboratory. We especially would like to thank our technical staff Mr. Bagueri and Mr. Paulisch for the technical support of the laboratory, our student assistant Mrs. Boxhorn for the technical implementation of the feedback, our student assistants Mrs. Mytyukova and Mr. Stablo for the execution of the study and of course our probands for the participation.
Science Slam at Lido in Berlin
On the 3rd of March this year’s science slam season started at the Lido in Berlin. Mr. Breitinger presented his current research and also participated in the competition with other scientists who were presenting their work. The presentation can be seen under: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?<wbr>v=qRXln5s2VRs 
Status meeting with Professor Hoffrage
Professor Hoffrage from the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Universitè Lausanne was visiting us in the beginning of February for a quick status meeting. This gave us the opportunity to present our ongoing work and to discuss with Professor Hoffrage the current status and the further procedure. We would like to thank Professor Hoffrage for his visit and his input and looking forward to our next meeting.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Another year full of interesting conferences, exciting research and lots of other precious experiences is coming to an end. We would like to seize the opportunity to thank all the people that supported us and our work in 2015. We wish everyone a wonderful festive seasons and a good start into the New Year 2016.
A Happy New Year
A new year is coming and we are planning to implement lots of new projects in 2017. New surveys, presentations at conferences and the steady pursue of our project objectives are scheduled for this year. As before we will keep you updated on this side and provide insight to our work. But for starters we wish you all a happy and successful year 2017 and looking forward to our new tasks.
New student assistant
Since the beginning of December Mr. Lars Stablo assists the FANS team as a student assistant. Mr. Stablo has a bachelor in cognitive science and studies human factors at the TU Berlin. He will be the replacement for Mr. Jan Siegmann, who leaves our project after he finished his master thesis about the influence of secondary tasks on the hazard detection of younger and older pedestrians. We wish Mr. Siegmann all the best for his future and looking forward to work with Mr. Stablo.
In December we organized a hands-on day for Mr. Dr. Winterboer and his successor Mr. Dr. Kappel from the VDI to show them our laboratory and the prototype of our assistance system for older pedestrians. We would like to thank them for their visit and the lively exchange and looking forward to our next meeting.
FANS in TU-Intern
At the current issue of the online paper TU-Intern a short article was published about the Human Factors study course at the TU-Berlin to celebrate its 10th years anniversary. The article deals with the content and adjustment features of the study course. As an example for the professional activities of the graduates of the Human Factors study course the group leader of the FANS project Mrs. Wiczorek was interviewed and gave a short overview of her and our work. The article can be found under the following link on page 8 of the online paper: http://archiv.pressestelle.tu-berlin.de/tui/16nov/#/8
Due to the relocation of Professor Gramann the room occupancy of the FANS-Team has been changed in some respects. Mrs. Protzak moved from room 3.039 to room 3.035. The technical employees Mr. Bagueri and Mr. Paulisch together with Mrs. Boxhorn have moved from room 3.037 to room 3.002. Mr. Tecza and Mr. Lobmeyer are now located in room 3.031. The experimental laboratory is now in room 3.057. As a result room 3.030 is now free for our student assistants Mrs. Mytyukova and Mrs. Raddatz. An additional work space will be set up for another student assistant who will join the FANS-Team in the near future.
Presentation at the Europe Chapter
Under the heading „Human Factors and User Needs in Transport, Control, and the Workplace“ this year’s Europe Chapter took place in Prague form the 26th until the 28th of October. Mrs. Wiczorek, Mrs. Protzak and Mr. Siegmann took the opportunity to exchange with other scientists from the field of Human Factor. Mr. Siegmann also presented the findings of his master thesis that he is doing in the course of the FANS project. The title of his presentation was „Modality effects of secondary tasks on hazard detection performance of younger and older pedestrians in a simulated road crossing task”.
Presentation at the Walk 21
From the 3rd until the 7th of October this year’s Walk 21 took place in Hong Kong. Mr. Breitinger presented the current status of his research on factors influencing the walking of older people and took the opportunity to exchange with scientist from all over the world on the topic of walking. His presentation entitled „Mobility of older pedestrians: the relevance of different personal and environmental factors for the individual action space“ and other information on the conference can be accessed via the following link: http://civic-exchange.org/en/events/Walk21HK-Conference-Programme-Materials-|-Day-1_120 
Second network meeting of the junior research groups
During the 28 th and 29th of September the second meeting of the eight junior research groups funded by the interdisciplinaray comptence building of the BMBF took place at the RWTH Aachen. The aim was to intensify the cooperations between the groups and their staff, look out for new cooperation possibilities, talk about problems, and to gain insights in the work of each group. We especially would like to thank SozioTex and TECH4AGE for organizing the meeting and we are already looking forward to the next meeting in 2017 in the city of Chemnitz.
On the 21st of July the 10th edition of the Science Slam series “Battle den Horst” took place in Adlershof. Mr. Breitinger presented his current research and also participated in the competition with six other scientists who were presenting their work. Unfortunately Mr. Breitinger was not able to win but we all wish him good luck for his next try. A short summery of the competition can be found under: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUq1qDCA71Y 
Engagement for the purpose of a maternity leave
Mr. FH-Dipl. Benjamin Paulisch has graduated in computer science and is now part of the FANS team as substitute for Mrs. Rima Akil, B.Sc. who is in maternity leave. We wish Mrs. Akil all the best for her new life as a mother and would like to welcome Mr. Paulisch to our team.
Completed laboratory study on the influence of multitasking on the street crossing behavior
In the middle of August the laboratory study on the influence of multitasking on the street crossing behavior of younger and older pedestrians was completed. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of various secondary tasks on the street crossing behavior of pedestrians of different ages. We would like to thank all participants for their great cooperation.
Summer school on virtual prototyping in Milan
Mr. Konrad Tecza was attending a summer school on virtual prototyping in Milan from the 11th to the 15th of July 2016. The focus was on VR technologies, multisensory interaction, haptic technologies, and human perception in human-computer interactions.
New student assistants
Since the middle of July 2016 two new student assistants support the FANS team. Mrs. Yevgeniya Mytyukova B.Sc., cand. M.Sc. is studying Human Factors and will be mainly responsible for the support of the different surveys. Mr. Jan Lobmeyer cand. B.Sc. is studying Computer Engineering and will contribute to the development of the prototype. We look forward to working with them and wish them a successful start.
FANS sommer school 2016
On the 14th of June 2016 the annual sommer school of the FANS project took place at the main building of the TU Berlin. The project leader Mrs. Dr. Wiczorek and the scientific staff presented the current research stand to the invited guests. We would like to thank our guests for the lively discussions and the valuable comments.
Submitted research proposal
In the beginning of June 2016 Mrs. Dr. Wiczorek and Mrs. Zirk submitted a research proposal on the topic “Investigation of the behavior effectiveness of adaptable alarm systems on younger and older adults” to the DFG. The aim is to finance an additional research project affiliated to the FANS project. The whole team wishes Mrs. Dr. Wiczorek and Mrs. Zirk every fortune and good luck to accomplish their goals.
First pretests in new test environment
After establishing most of the laboratory equipment and the test environment, Mr. Siegmann was able to carry out first pretests for the experiments of his Master Thesis on the topic of "The influence of multitasking on the street crossing behavior of older pedestrians".
Workshop „ Strategies in Publication“
In the beginning of April 2016 the project leader Mrs. Dr. Wiczorek and the scientific staff of the FANS team participated in the workshop “Strategies in Publication”. The workshop was organized by Dr. Minge and other postdocs of the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics. The focus of the workshop was on publication strategies of scientists. Therefore a panel discussion was held with Professors from the Department of Psychology and Ergonomics, members of the university library and representatives of various publishing companies. We would like to thank the organizers, the participants of the discussion and the presenters for the interesting insights.
Workshop “Science for Tomorrow: Interdisciplinary Answers to Societal Challenges”
In the middle of March Mr. Breitinger and Mr. Tecza participated in a TU intern workshop for PhD students with the title “Science for Tomorrow: Interdisciplinary Answers to Societal Challenges”. The workshop was dealing with future challenges of scientific work but also included the learning of the method “Desing Thinking”. We are excited to learn more about this method from Mr. Breitinger and Mr. Tecza and how we can use it in our daily work routine.
New intern for the FANS-Team
Starting February 15th Mrs. Luzi Spiehl will support our team as an intern in the field of human factors for two month. We would like to welcome her and wish her a pleasant start in Berlin and hope that we can help her to prepare for her upcoming studies.
Reinforcement oft the FANS-Team
Starting 1st of February Mrs. Anna Zirk is supporting our team as science assistant. Her job is the preparation of a research project on the topic Empirical study on the use of adaptable limits of assistance systems for older people.” On this occasion we would like to welcome her as part of our team. We are all looking forward to a successful and profitable cooperation.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Now at the end of the year we would like to seize the opportunity to thank all the people that supported us and our work in 2015. We wish everyone a wonderufl festive seasons and a good start into the New Year 2016.
Network meeting of the junior research groups
During the 8th and 9th of December the meeting of the eight junior research groups funded by the interdisciplinaray comptence building of the BMBF took place at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. The aim was to look for possible cooperations between the groups and their staff, talk about problems, and to intensify already excisting cooperations. We especially would like to thank smartASSIST for organizing the meeting and we are already looking forward to the next meeting in 2016 in the city of Aachen.
Initial funding for a research project on the topic „Empirical study on the use of adaptable limits of assistance systems for older people.”
Head of the FANS-Team, Dr. Rebecca Wiczorek, was able to obtain an initial funding for a scientific associate to prepare a research project on the topic „Empirical study on the use of adaptable limits of assistance systems for older people.” for nine month. We congratulate her and looking forward to our new colleague.
New colleague supporting the FANS-Team
Starting November 19th Mr. Youssef Bagueri is supporting our team as technical employee in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, mechatronics and brain-computer-interfaces. On this occasion we would like to welcome him as part of our Team. We are all looking forward to a successful and profitable cooperation.
Talk on “Veränderung von Gangparametern und Gleichgewichtsregulation im Altersgang“
We would like to thank Mr. Andreas Argubi-Wollesen from the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg for his talk on “Veränderung von Gangparametern und Gleichgewichtsregulation im Altersgang“. The insights he gave us about the walking behavior of older people were useful food for thought for our own work.
Talk on „Ethical Issues in Technology Development”
We would like to thank Prof. Tom Sorell from Warwick University in Great Britain for his interesting and revealing talk about Ethical Issues in Technology Development”.
11. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme
During the period from 7th to 9th October 2015 the 11th Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme was held at the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaft. The interesting and informative event enabled us to get an insight in the field of human-technique-interaction and to present a poster about the development of a scenario-template.
Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2015
During the first week of October 2015 this year’s Deutsche Kongress für Geographie was held at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The topics of the sessions and poster presentations represented the broad spectrum of geographical research. This enabled us to present our own findings and gave us the opportunity to exchange with other scientists dealing with the everyday mobility of pedestrians from a social science perspective.
Seniorenkonsum-session at the TU Berlin
The Seniorenkonsum-session at the TU Berlin took place on the 25th and 26th of September. Organized and held by Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hellmann was on the topic consumption of seniors and other related topics. This gave us the opportunity of an exciting insight on the field of consumption research and we were able to present some of our preliminary results to a professional audience. We want express our gratitude for the invitation and the possibility to participate.
An overview on the topic seniors consumption and the session can be found under https://seniorenkonsum.wordpress.com/ 
The preliminary results of the focus groups, conducted earlier this year, have been presented at the AAATE 2015. The conference for assistive technologies for older and people with disabilities took place from 09.09. to 12.09.2015 in Budapest.
41st Berliner Seniorenwoche 2015
From 05.09. – 17.09.2015 the 41st Berliner Seniorenwoche took place according to the motto 'strengthen volunteering'. The wide-spread offers also included events on the topic mobility of older people. This gave us the opportunity to establish new contacts and to exchange with older pedestrians. We are very thankful for this opportunity and looking forward to next year’s Seniorenwoche.
Prize Giving Ceremony
- Preisverleihung BMBF 2015
- © Andreas Lemke
Link: BMBF-Broschüre "Interdisziplinärer Kompetenzaufbau" 
- Does und Don ts bei der Forschung mit aelteren Menschen 
- BMBF-Broschuere Interdisziplinaerer Kompetenzaufbau