Matthias conducts engineering psychology research in the automotive field, focusing on user-energy and driver-automation interaction. His aim is to develop an understanding of the psychological mechanisms that underlie the decision-making and control of eco-driving strategies, in order to design interfaces that support drivers in achieving optimal energy efficiency.

His publications deal with the following questions: How do hybrid electric vehicle drivers interact with the vehicle’s energy flows (e.g., via the eco-automation)? How can behavioral economics be applied as a theoretical framework for this interaction? Which information do drivers need to control the energy flows most energy-efficiently?

Currently, Matthias is finishing a master’s degree in psychology at RWTH Aachen University, where he also conducts research on the digitalization of team work and the interaction between humans and avatars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chemnitz University of Technology with the topic of his thesis being the estimation of statistical power in two-level models. As visiting researcher, Matthias worked with the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton which resulted in a long-term collaboration with Professor Neville Stanton. Since 2018, Matthias is co-chair of the sub-committee Energy and Mobility of the International Ergonomics Association's technical committee Human Factors and Sustainable Development.

Beyond his enthusiasm for engineering psychology, Matthias likes to learn new languages, engage in extensive discussions about sustainability and play basketball or the piano. He is always happy to get in touch with new people about any of these subjects so please feel free to contact him.

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