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Cognitive Engineering

+++ Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the TU Berlin Summer University will not take place on campus this year. Registrations for our Summer University Online program are now open! +++

Summer University Term 2: July 6th - July 17th, 2020

Course price: 950 Euros

22 hours of class per week, 3 ECTS credit points, max. 20 participants



In this course, students gain skills and expertise in the field of human factors. First the theoretical groundwork (human perception and performance, design principles, and trust in automation) is laid and participants gain first practical insights in complex socio-technical systems.

Afterwards, participants team up to put the theoretical foundation into the real world, examining typical challenges in human-automation interaction.

The aim is to accomplish a holistic research process from the development of the research question to the presentation of the results. Thereby, the investigated technologies can vary broadly (e.g. humanoid robots, mobile applications, navigation devices, or websites).

Learning Goals and Syllabus


  • Fundamental knowledge about human information processing and action selection as well as accompanying limitations
  • Ability and common methods to analyze and optimize typical human factors problems 
  • Understanding and applying evaluation methods for human- machine-interaction in the context of user-centered design


Please find the syllabus here.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.


Tobias Rieger and Eileen Roesler are lecturers and researchers at the Chair of Work, Engineering, and Organizational Psychology at Technische Universität Berlin. In both teaching and research, the lecturers engage in the field of human-automation-interaction.

Tobias Rieger’s research focus lays on mechanisms of human information processing in both fundamental research as well as complex human-automation interaction.

Eileen Roesler’s research focuses on human-robot-interaction in multiple application domains, such as industrial, private, and commercial service.

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Summer University Term 2: July 6th - July 17th, 2020

Course price: 950 Euros

22 hours of class per week, 3 ECTS credit points

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