HoliDes Holistic Human Factors and System Design of Adaptive Cooperative Human-Machine Systems


Adaptiveness in Cooperative Human-Machine Systems on the Health, Aeronautics, Control Rooms and Automotive market is still limited. The development and especially the qualification and certification of AdCoS involving several interactive embedded systems are not yet well-mastered in industrial development.

The lack of adequate means of compliance with human factors and safety regulations may force the designers to simplify systems in order to make them certifiable. This clearly compromises the huge potential AdCoS could have on increasing overall safety. In order to unleash this potential HoliDes will research affordable means of compliance which enable to formalize adaptation strategies on global many humans - many machines levels and local HMI levels in a coordinated way. This will be achieved by developing techniques & tools on 5 research dimensions:

  • automated AdCoS reconfiguration based on e.g. real-time predictive human models;
  • holistic formal (human & machine) modelling and accelerated analysis;
  • new empirical task, exploration and validation analyses of AdCoS;
  • a formalized synergetic empirical and model-based methodology;
  • integration of all techniques & tools in a Human Factors Reference Technology Platform (HF-RTP) to foster interoperability and to support human factors along the whole engineering life-cycle.


  • AnyWi Technologies B.V.
  • Brno University of Technology
  • EADS Deutschland GmbH, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Cassidian UK
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.P.A.
  • Deutsches Zentr. für Luft- & Raumfahrt e.V.
  • EADS Deutschland GmbH, EADS Innovation Works Germany
  • EADS Innovation Works France
  • EADS Innovation Works UK
  • Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile
  • Ergoneers
  • Human-Factors-Consult GmbH
  • Honeywell International s.r.o.
  • Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH
  • Iren Emilia S.p.A.
  • Lufthansa Flight Training – CST GmbH
  • RE:Lab S.r.l.
  • Universita Degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation
  • Truestream Aerospace Human Factors
  • Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht


HoliDes addresses development and qualification of Adaptive Cooperative Human-Machine Systems (AdCoS) where many humans and many machines act together, cooperatively, in a highly adaptive way. They adapt to each other and to the context to guarantee fluent and cooperative task achievement. Such systems with higher levels of automation are urgently needed to enhance safety and to increase the confidence of human operators.


- Cognitive Models
- Cooperative Human-Machine Systems
- Adaptation Strategies
- Human Factors Reference Technology Platform


External Leader

Sebastian Feuerstack
Wege aus der Ironie in Richtung ernsthafter Automatisierung

Andreas Lüdtke; Zukunft der Arbeit in Industrie 4.0; 2014

Discriminative Learning of Relevant Percepts for a Bayesian Autonomous Driver Model

Mark Eilers and Claus Möbus; Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Advanced Cognitive Technologies and Applications, COGNITIVE 2014; 05 / 2014

AM-DCT: A Visual Attention Modeling Data Capturing Tool for Investigating Users’ Interface Monitoring Behavior

Sebastian Feuerstack and Bertram Wortelen; Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces (AVI 2016); 2016

Theater-system Technique and Model-based Attention Prediction for the Early Automotive HMI Design Evaluation

Sebastian Feuerstack and Bertram Wortelen and Carmen Kettwich and Anna Schieben; Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications; 2016

A Tool for Easing the Cognitive Analysis of Design Prototypes of Aircraft Cockpit Instruments

Sebastian Feuerstack, Andreas Lüdtke, Jan-Patrick Osterloh; Proceedings 33rd annual conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics; 07 / 2015

Tool-supported Comparative Visualizations to Reveal the Difference between "What has been Designed" and "How it is Perceived" for Monitoring Interface Design

Bertram Wortelen and Sebastian Feuerstack; IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA); 2016

Engineering Automotive HMIs that are optimized for Correct and Fast Perception

Marie-Christin Ostendorp and Sebastian Feuerstack and Thomas Friedrichs and Andreas Lüdtke; ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems 2016; 2016

Supporting Supervisory Control of Safety-Critical Systems with Psychologically Well-founded Information Visualizations

Marie-Christin Ostendorp and Thomas Friedrichs and Andreas Lüdtke; Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI'16); 2016

Tool-based Task Modelling of Medical Human Machine Interfaces in press

Sebastian Feuerstack; Tagungsband 11. Berliner Werkstatt Mensch-Maschine-Systeme; 07 / 2015

Revealing Monitoring Behavior for HMI Designs is Easy with the Right Tool

Bertram Wortelen and Sebastian Feuerstack and Marcus Behrendt; IFIP WG 13.5 Workshop on Resilience, Reliability, Safety and Human Error in System Development; 09 / 2015

Model-Based Pilot Training

Frank Rister, Jan-Patrick Osterloh, Andreas Lüdtke, Paul Specht; Proceedings of HFES 2015; 10 / 2015

Adaptive Flight Simulation Programs - Three Years of Research and How the Results Fuel a New Generation of Training Design

Rister, Frank and Osterloh, Jan-Patrick and Lüdtke, Andreas; Proceedings of the 31st European Association for Aviation Psychology Conference (EAAP); 09 / 2014

Predicting Pilots' Training Progress, Workload and Cognition by the Implementation of Learning Algorithms into Experience-based Flight Training

Rister, Frank and Osterloh, Jan-Patrick and Lüdtke, Andreas; Proceedings of the 32th Annual Conference of the European Association of Aviation Psychologists; 2016

Atos SE
Anywi Technology Bv
Brno University of Technology
Airbus Defence & Space GmbH


Start: 30.09.2013
End: 29.09.2016

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FKZ: 01IS13002A

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