Heiner Bubb

Prof. Dr.

Former professor of ergonomics
TUM School of Engineering and Design

born April 12, 1943

bubb(at)tum.de

Interview with TUM Emeritus of Excellence Heiner Bubb

"This title bestowed on me by TUM fills me with pride."

Heiner Bubb is one of the most important researchers in the field of Vehicle Ergonomics. He has shaped generations of vehicles with his concepts for human-oriented machine design. This he would never have dreamed of when he was a student at TUM. [read more]

Scientific work

Heiner Bubb is one of the most important researchers in the field of vehicle ergonomics. He has shaped generations of vehicles with his concepts for human-oriented machine design.

As early as his doctoral thesis, Heiner Bubb developed the so-called contact-analogue head-up display (HUD), which allows the user to maintain his head position and line of vision, as the information is projected directly into his field of vision. This solution that Heiner Bubb demonstrated as early as 1975 is nowadays used in cars or aeroplanes all over the world.

Barely two years later, he dealt with the ergonomics of the human-machine system in his habilitation. Among other things, he provided the theoretical basis for understanding and operating the handling of driver assistance systems, which intervene semi-autonomously or autonomously in drive and control functions or warn of dangerous situations.

Finally, Heiner Bubb's vision of a computer-supported ergonomic human model that makes ergonomic findings available to everyone at any time, like a virtual test person, was also groundbreaking. As part of a research project, Heiner Bubb played a leading role in the development of the 3D human model RAMSIS ("Rechnergestütztes Anthropometrisch-Mathematisches System zur Insassen-Simulation", a computer-aided anthropometric-mathematical system for occupant simulation). Today, 80 percent of all automotive companies worldwide use the model to design their vehicles in such a way that the risk of human error can be increasingly minimised.

 

Short biography

1962 - 1968 Study of Technical Physics, TUM
1975 Doctorate at the Institut of Ergonomics, TUM
1978 Habilitation by the theme "“Ergonomic of the Man-Machine System”, TUM
1980 Professor at the Institute of Ergonomics, TUM
1985 - 1993 Professor of ergonomics (Arbeitswissenschaft), Catholic University of Eichstaett
1987 - 1990 Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, Catholic University of Eichstaett
1991 - 1993 Member of the Senat, Catholic University of Eichstaett
1993 - 2009 Full Professor of Ergonomics, TUM
2005 - 2007 Dean of Studies, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and Speaker of the TUM Deans of Study, TUM
2019 - 2022 Ombudsperson, TUM

 

Memberships and honors

1986 - 2008: Chairman of the working group "Human Reliability" of the Association of German Engineers VDI

1997 - 2003:  Member of the Board, President and Vice-President of the Society for Ergonomics GfA (Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaften)

2001 - 2010: Founder and Chairman of the ECN (Ergonomics Competence Network)

2008: Fellow of the IEA (International Ergonomic Association)

2008: Medal of Honor of the VDI

2010: Honorary Member of the ECN

2012: Badge of Honour of the VDI

2019: Honorary Member of the GfA