42332: Psychologist or similar - Models of the observable mobility behaviour in traffic events

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Braunschweig, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Transportation Systems



Area of research:

Scientific / postdoctoral posts,PHD Thesis



Job description:

Mobility has a high priority in our society. People want to reach their destination safely, comfortably and quickly. Goods must be transported cost-effectively over short and long distances. The consequences of mobility can be seen in environmental pollution, accidents and traffic jams, which increase with the ever-growing volume of traffic. These are the challenges we face at the Institute of Transportation Systems. We develop solutions for the safe and efficient mobility of the future.


Most accidents are caused by the driver’s misconduct. Assistance systems can therefore sustainably increase safety and efficiency in road traffic. In the automotive context, we investigate driver behavior, stress and accidents in order to derive requirements for driver assistance systems. Psychological and ergonomic findings are incorporated into the development of assistance functions within the context of DLR’s entire technological background. They are implemented in such a way that they correspond to the skills and expectations of the driver. The implementation is checked in driving tests – in simulation and in real traffic.


The task of the holder of this position is to develop, apply and evaluate models of the observable mobility behaviour in traffic events, which describe normal driver behaviour with a special focus on interaction and cooperation, in order to derive specific requirements for concepts for interaction, cooperation and communication within new assistance and automation systems and functions. In these times of increasing automation, special focus is being placed upon differing automation levels in urban mixed traffic as well as upon the consideration of man-machine interfaces. The aim is to thereby further develop and apply specific methods which will enable the acquisition and analysis of naturalistic driver data, interaction and cooperation data and accident data from urban mobility areas. With the aid of the results, a building block for the definition of interaction and cooperation behaviour – and, thereby, observable, safe and efficient mobility in urban traffic areas – will be provided. Furthermore, the basis for a human-centred development of innovative assistance and automation systems will also be created.


For the development of methods and models for the acquisition, analysis and description of observable driving behaviour data, in particular the interaction, cooperation and communication in urban traffic areas as well as for the application and investigation of these within the framework of a German-Japanese research cooperation, an employee (50 %) with completed scientific university studies (diploma, M.Sc.) in psychology, human factors, cognitive sciences or related disciplines is being sought.



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