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Team HF

HF Human Factors Research and Training is a group of psychologists and other social scientists who work on human factors and safety. We take part in applied research projects, give trainings, offer workshops, and publish about different aspects of human factors psychology.

Current fields of interest

  • Decision-making and problem-solving in critical situations
  • Safe communication
  • Interorganisational cooperation
  • Group behaviour and team management
  • Emergency planning and crisis management
  • System and organisational aspects of safety
  • Design of warnings and alarms

Interdisciplinary Contexts

We enjoy working in interdisciplinary contexts, e. g. with crisis management groups and emergency task forces, medical practitioners, engineers, pilots, police and firefighters. We have worked in the fields of

  • Civil protection and disaster control
  • Evacuation planning, guidance and simulation
  • Patient safety
  • Safety at major events (e.g. music festivals)
  • Aviation

Research projects

of Team HF have included projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, such as human factors in evacuation planning and simulation, emergency planning, interorganisational communication processes and shared operational pictures in large-scale emergencies. Most team members also work in safety-related research projects at the University of Jena.

Training and Consulting

include human factors basics for practitioners, emergency planning and crisis management for practitioners, human factors knowledge, team resource management, safe communication in surgery.


Team HF regularly publishes in scientific and applied journals, contributes book chapters and edits books (
Most members of Team HF are also fellows of the association Plattform Menschen in komplexen Arbeitswelten e. V. (platform - people in complex work environments) and the European chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Crisis Management in Acute Care Settings, Second Edition [englisch] [2016]
Michael St.Pierre (Autor), Gesine Hofinger (Autor), Cornelius Buerschaper (Autor), Robert Simon (Autor)

Published also in Japanese.

  • Hofinger, G., Zinke, R. & Künzer, L. (2014). Human factors in evacuation simulation, planning, and guidance. Transportation Research Procedia, 2(2014), Proceedings of the Conference in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2014 (PED2014), 603-611.
  • Schäfer, C., Zinke, R., Künzer, L., Hofinger, G. & Koch, R. (2014). Applying Persona method for describing users of escape routes. Transportation Research Procedia, 2(2014), Proceedings of the Conference in Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2014 (PED2014), 636 - 641.
  • Hoffmann, B.; Müller, V.; Rochon, J.; Gondan, M.; Müller, B.; Albay, Z.; Weppler, K.; Leifermann, M.; Mießner, C.; Güthlin, C.; Parker, D.; Hofinger, G. & Gerlach, FM. (2013). Effects of a team-based assessment and intervention on patient safety culture in general practice: an open randomised controlled trial. BMJ Quality and Safety in Healthcare. Bmjqs-2013-001899 Published Online First: 16 August 2013.
  • Artinger, E., Coskun, T., Nestler, S., Mähler, M., Yildirim-Krannig, Y., Wucholt, F., Echtler, F. & Klinker, G. (2012).- Creating a common operation picture in realtime with user-centered interfaces for mass casualty incidents. In: Lecture Notes of the Institute of Computer Science (LNICST) - Proceedings. 4th international workshop for „Situation recognition and medical data analysis in Pervasive Health environments", 21. May, San Diego, CA.
  • Hofinger, G., Zinke, R. & Strohschneider, S. (2011). Role-specific psychological requirements in preparing public transportation staff for disaster response. Disaster Prevention and Management, 20 (4), 398-412.
  • Hofinger, G., Zinke, R. & Künzer, L. (2011). Psychological requirements for crisis and emergency decision-support systems for public transport control centers. Proceedings of the 2011 Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) conference, 8.-11. Mai 2011, Lissabon.
  • Wucholt, F.,Yildirim-Krannig, Y.,Mähler, M., Krüger,U. & Beckstein,C. (2011): Cultural Analysis and Formal Standardised Language - a Mass Casualty Incident Perspective. In: Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI) –Proceedings. 8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 08.-11.May 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • please find here a selection of our Journal Articles and Proceedings