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Honor to Chemnitz for Conference Contribution

The Chair of Cognitive and Engineering Psychology convinced in Helsinki with its contribution to the user research of the composite project on electro mobility

A few days ago, Dr. Thomas Franke from the Chair of Cognitive and Engineering Psychology came back from Finland with a prize. The ITS European Congress is one of the leading conferences in the field of intelligent transport systems and is organized by the European Road Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation (ERTICO) and the European Congress. This year, at 10th ITS European Congress, participated more than 2,500 guests from over 60 countries. The contribution of the psychologists from Chemnitz that has been submitted together with BMW project partners received the "Best Paper Award" as the best scientific paper of the conference.

The paper has been written as a part of the field study called "BMW ActiveE Langstreckenpendler Leipzig", a project of the "Schaufenster Elektromobilität Bayern-Sachsen". In focus is a user research on the interaction with limited resources. "In the study the users had an opportunity to install a smartphone App, with the help of which they could access at any time and from any location information about energy status of their electric cars, e.g. also their range and charging time," said Franke. "Thus, we had a unique opportunity, to work with such assistance functions for everyday use and better understand their interaction. With our multi-method approach we could characterize key user groups," he adds. At the end the jury was indeed convinced.

For more information, please contact Dr. Thomas Franke, Phone +49 371 531-37589, Email

(Source of award-winning conference article: Franke, T., Trantow, M., Günther, M., Krems, J.F., Vilimek, R., Keinath, A. (2014). User interaction with remote access to range-related information in BEVs. Proceedings of the 10th ITS European Congress 2014, Helsinki, Finnland)

(Author: Mario Steinebach, Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

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