Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nele Rußwinkel

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nele Rußwinkel (Human-Aware AI)

- Arbeitsgruppe Human-Aware AI -


Institut für Informationssysteme
Universität zu Lübeck
Ratzeburger Allee 160 ( Gebäude 64 - 2.OG )
D-23562 Lübeck

Telefon: +49 451 3101 5740
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Human-Aware AI

The goal for Human-Aware AI is to develop intelligent systems that can work in synergy with human partners in complex dynamic environments. 

When intelligent systems are human aware, this means that the system adapts to the task of the human partner in its variations, the situation in its dynamics and uncertainty and the cognitive state of the human partner in-the-loop.

In our research group, dynamic mental models are developed (partly with cognitive architectures) that can, for example, anticipate the human in the interaction or identify intentions of the human partner. These modeling approaches are integrated with systems (e.g. robots) or simulations to enable relevant mutual understanding and proactive support.

The goal of such systems is to leave the control – on a macro level - with the human, while the human experiences adapted support for his and her goals.


Research Interests

  • Complex cognition in applied dynamic situations

  • Cognitive Modelling (Cognitive Architectures)

  • Huma Robot Collaboration

  • Mental models for dynamic Interaction

  • Models for emergent behavior

  • Agency and sense of Control

  • Embodied Cognition

  • Integration of symbolic and subsymbolic computation



Current Projects

COMPAS II (Computational Cognitive Modeling of the Predictive Active Self in Situated Action)

The interdisciplinary project aims at modeling the role of the active self in the context of situated real-time interaction in a dynamic/spatial environment. In collaboration with Prof. Stefan Kopp (University of Bielefeld), funded by the DFG SPP 2134 "The Active Self".

Neuroadaptive kognitive Modelle

Neuroadaptive cognitive models are being investigated together with Oliver Klaproth and in cooperation with Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space and Zander Laboratories. The goal of the project is to explore means for early detection of potentially safety-critical pilot behavior in flight.




Conferences / Konferenzen

TeaP Symposium

Nele Russwinkel presented her work at the TeaP Symposium “Modeling and experimental validation in real-life environments” 26. - 29.3.2023 with a talk to "Anticipatory Models of Cognitive Processes for Real-Life Action Decisions”

International conference on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS), Korea

At the IAS 18 Intelligent Autonomous Systems in Korea July 4-7 2023 Nele Russwinkel will present her work on “A Cognitive Digital Twin for Intention Anticipation in Human-Aware AI”

International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (ICCM),  Netherlands - Amsterdam

The team of Nele Russwinkel is going to the ICCM in Amsterdam 18.-21.7.2023 with several accepted conference papers:

  • Heimisch, L., Jansen, J. & Russwinkel „Cognitive Modelling of Intention Recognition in Cocktail Mixing“
  • Heinrich, N., Östediekhoff, A., Kopp, S., & Russwinkel, N. “A Straightforward Implementation of Sensorimotor Abstraction in a Two-Layer Architecture for Dynamic Decision-Making”
  • Lommerzheim, M., Russwinkel, N. & Brechmann, A. “Cognitive Modeling of Category Learning and Reversal Learning”
  • Hao, C., Häuferle, D., Beckerle, P. & Russwinkel N. “An ACT-R Observer Model for Anticipatory Assistive Robots”

Mensch und Computer 2023, Switzerland

Nele Russwinkel is part of the organizing team for the MuC 2023 Workshop on “Time and Timing in Human-Computer Interaction” 03.09.2023, 9:00 - 17:00


Nele Russwinkel is presenting at the IDHM 4th to 6th of September 2023 in „Towards an approach for a holistic ergonomic work design using physical and cognitive digital human models”.

DGPS Symposium

Nele Russwinkel is presenting at the DGPS Symposium “Human-systems decision-making across contexts: Requirements for effective collaboration” in Kassel 12. to 15.9. the topic „ Applied Anticipatory User Modeling for Dynamic Decision Making”.



Curriculum Vitae

  • Am 01.12.2022 von der TU Berlin gewechselt zur Universität zu Lübeck - Institut für Informationssysteme -
  • seit 12/2022:
    Professorin am Fachgebiet "Human-Aware AI" am Institut für Informationssysteme
    Universität zu Lübeck
  • 02/2013 - 11/2022:
    Juniorprofessorin am Fachgebiet "Kognitive Modellierung in dynamischen Mensch-Maschine-Systemen"
    TU Berlin
  • 08/2012 - 01/2013: 
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Fachgebiet Kognitionspsychologie & Kognitive Ergonomie (Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring), TU Berlin
  • 08/2009 - 07/2012: 
    Postdoc am Graduiertenkolleg "Prometei" - Projekt "Digital Users & Digital Products", GRK prometei, Berlin
  • 06/2007 - 07/2009:
    Stipendiatin am Graduiertenkolleg "Prometei" ("Prospektive Gestaltung von Mensch-Technik-Interaktion") an der Technischen Universität Berlin (GRK Prometei), Berlin
    Dissertation: "Berechenbare quantitative Modelle der Dauerschätzung" (Wissenschaftliche Aussprache: 13. Juli 2009)
  • 06/2005 - 06/2007:
    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am ZMMS in der Arbeitsgruppe MoDySMitarbeiterin an verschiedenen Projekten wie:
    IBB Vernetztes Fahren: Unterbrechbarkeit und Wiederaufnahme von Bedienhandlungen beim Autofahren
    Transregio 29 - Ermittlung der Anforderungen für die multimodale Interfacegestaltung durch das Konzept Hybrider Leistungsbündel (HLB)
  • 01/2005 - 03/2005:
    Praktikum in der Vision & Motor System Group der Neurologischen Klinik der Charité, Berlin
    Aufgaben: Versuchsdurchführung mit TMS (temporal magnetic stimulation)
  • 10/2003 - 01/2005: 
    Freie Mitarbeiterin bei Eyesquare, Berlin
  • 07/2003 - 10/2003: 
    Praktikum bei Eyesquare, Berlin
  • 05/2003 - 07/2003: 
    Praktikum im Bereich Akzeptanz und Verhaltensanalyse bei Daimler Chrysler, Berlin
  • 10/2001 - 09/2004:
    Masterstudiengang Cognitive Science mit Nebenfach Psychologie, Universität Osnabrück
    Masterarbeit: "Welche Faktoren beeinflussen die Verteilung visuell-räumlicher Aufmerksamkeit?" (Charité Berlin, HU Berlin)
  • 10/1998 - 09/2001:
    Bachelorstudiengang Cognitive Science, Universität Osnabrück
    Bachelorarbeit: "Die zeitliche Stabilität von expliziter und inferierter Information"



Closed Projects

DPDU (Digital Product, Digital User)

An interdisciplinary project for holistic modeling of human-machine systems in collaboration with the department of Prof. Klaus Gramann (Biological Psychology and Neuroergonomics, TU Berlin) and Prof. Rainer Stark (Fraunhofer; Industrial Information Technology, TU Berlin), funded by DFG.

AVALANCHE (Adaptiver, Virtueller Assistent zur LAwinenwarnung Nach CHarakter Eigenschaften)

Project AVALANCHE together with Sabine Prezenski funded by Software Campus and BMBF (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).

COMPAS I (Computational cognitive modeling of the predictive active self in situated action)

The interdisciplinary project aims at modeling the role of the active self in the context of situated real-time interaction in a dynamic/spatial environment. in collaboration with Prof. Stefan Kopp (University of Bielefeld), funded by DFG SPP 2134 "The Active Self".

VolkswagenStiftung Kurswechsel (VW)

Changing course ("Kurswechsel") - new research territory between the life sciences and natural or technical sciences





  • Russwinkel, Nele Spitzhirn, Michael Remlinger, Wolfram, Fleischer, Martin: Towards an Approach for a Holistic Ergonomic Work Design Using Physical and Cognitive Digital Human Models
    wird veröffentlicht in: Advances in Digital Human Modeling, 2023, Scataglini, Sofia Harih, Gregor Saeys, Wim, Truijen, Steven (Ed.), Springer Nature Switzerland, Cham, p.229-237
  • Kai Preuss, Svenja Nicole Schulte, Lukas Rzazonka, Lilian Befort, Carina Fresemann, Rainer Stark, Nele Russwinkel: Towards A Human-Centered Digital Twin
    wird veröffentlicht in: Procedia CIRP, 2023, Vol.118, p.324-329, 16th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering
    DOI Website BibTeX
  • Heinrich, N., Östediekhoff, A., Kopp, S., Russwinkel, N.: A Straightforward Implementation of Sensorimotor Abstraction in a Two-Layer Architecture for Dynamic Decision-Making
    wird veröffentlicht in: In Proceedings of Mathpsych/ICCM 2023, 2023, MathPsych/ICCM 2023 Amsterdam (International Conference on Cognitive Modelling).
  • Lommerzheim, M., Russwinkel, N., Brechmann, A.: Cognitive Modeling of Category Learning and Reversal Learning
    wird veröffentlicht in: In Proceedings of Mathpsych/ICCM 2023, 2023, MathPsych/ICCM 2023 Amsterdam (International Conference on Cognitive Modelling).
  • Thomas Sievers, Nele Russwinkel: Talking like one of us: Effects of using regional language in a Humanoid Social Robot
    wird veröffentlicht in: 15th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR), 2023
  • Linda Heimisch, Kai Preuss, Nele Russwinkel: Cognitive processing stages in mental rotation – How can cognitive modelling inform HsMM-EEG models?
    in: Neuropsychologia, 2023, Vol.188, p.108615
    DOI Website BibTeX
  • Chenxu Hao, Nele Russwinkel, Daniel F. B. Haeufle, Philipp Beckerle: A Commentary on Towards autonomous artificial agents with an active self: Modeling sense of control in situated action
    in: Cognitive Systems Research, 2023, Vol.79, p.1-3
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  • Jelmer P. Borst, Andreas Bulling, Cleotilde González, Nele Russwinkel: Anticipatory Human-Machine Interaction (Dagstuhl Seminar 22202)
    in: Dagstuhl Reports, 2022, Vol.12, p.131-169
  • Philipp Beckerle, Chenxu Hao, Daniel F. B. Haeufle, Nele Russwinkel: Four considerations on interdisciplinary learning at the boundaries of human and engineering sciences
    in: Frontiers in Education, 2022
  • Marlene Susanne Lisa Scharfe-Scherf, Sebastian Wiese, Nele Russwinkel: A Cognitive Model to Anticipate Variations of Situation Awareness and Attention for the Takeover in Highly Automated Driving
    in: Inf., 2022, Vol.13, p.418
  • Laurens R. Krol, Oliver W. Klaproth, Christoph Vernaleken, Nele Russwinkel, Thorsten O. Zander: Towards neuroadaptive modeling: assessing the cognitive states of pilots through passive brain-computer interfacing
    in: Current Research in Neuroadaptive Technology, 2022
  • Sebastian Blum, Oliver W. Klaproth, Nele Russwinkel: Cognitive Modeling of Anticipation: Unsupervised Learning and Symbolic Modeling of Pilots Mental Representations
    in: Topics in cognitive science, 2022
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