Professor of Philosophy Klaus Bengler has managed the Department of Ergonomics at the Technical University of Munich since 2009, which conducts research on digital human modelling, system ergonomics and human reliability. He is President of Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft e.V. (GfA) and a member of ISO/TC22/SC13/WG8 “Road vehicles – Ergonomic aspects of transportation and control systems” as well as the VDI working group “Human Reliability”. He also heads the German Technical Standards Committee for the Automotive Industry (FAKRA) AK-10 “Humans as Vehicle Operators”. In addition, Prof. Bengler belongs to the research group of the “Automated Driving” round table of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and heads the “Human Factors in Traffic” subproject of the UR:BAN research initiative, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Prof. Klaus Bengler studied psychology at Universität Regensburg. In 1995 he obtained a PhD in collaboration with BMW Forschung with Prof. Alf Zimmer in the Department of General and Applied Psychology. He then worked in the field of software ergonomics and assessment of human-machine interaction concepts. From 1997, he studied the influence of secondary activities on driving and traffic safety as an employee of the BMW Group. He then assumed responsibility at BMW for research activities related to operating/display concepts in the field of driver assistance systems, touch operation, gesture and speech interaction, and the operation of the Usability Lab.
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