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Human-machine interaction in rail traffic control

The centralisation of railway operations in Switzerland into a few large control centres is prompting significant changes in terms of technical infrastructure, work processes and training needs.  In the next few years, rail service management is set to become increasingly automated, which will also mean new work requirements.

This project involves gauging the consequences in occupational psychology terms of the future automation of the Swiss rail traffic control system. Recommendations will also be made for designing rail technology going forward so that it meets operational, economic and safety requirements as well as those relating to occupational psychology.

The aim is to come up with a proactive work structure with the optimum division of labour between humans and technology for handling both regular operations and service disruptions. This will help prevent problems caused by future technological advances and make the most of the opportunities presented by automation.

Project Dates

Management and team
Prof. Dr. Katrin Fischer
MSc Jonas Brüngger
MSc Karin Hostettler
MSc Giulio Nisoli
Funding Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), now Innosuisse
Cooperation partners
Duration 1 December 2014–31 December 2018


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