2nd International VDI Conference - HMI in Off-Highway Machines

  • Engage with leading manufacturers, suppliers, software providers and users.
  • Secure access to our excellent network of experts in the off-highway industry and make new contacts at the evening get-together.
  • Attend the conferences Sensors for Off-Highway Machines and Automation and Robotics and in Agriculture taking place at the same time at no extra cost.
Off-Highway Machines

SAVE THE DATE – On July 1-2, 2020 our 2nd international conference on “HMI in Off-Highway Machines” will open its doors, this time in Düsseldorf. Increasing complexity and new functions are challenging human machine interaction and HMI technology. That’s why the VDI conference “HMI in Off-Highway Machines” is devoted exclusively to this field. OEMs, suppliers and users of off-highway machines will come together with experts in HMI software development to present and discuss the newest developments.

More efficient working processes, better functional safety

Off-highway machines are becoming increasingly complex. Digitalization and network connectivity a large range of new functions, which can be difficult to manage without the right training or help for inexperienced operators. New HMI technologies such as speech and gesture controls or head-up displays have already found use in automotive applications. And off-highway machines, with often even more complex tasks and usages, are catching up quickly.

The VDI “HMI in Off-Highway Machines” conference focuses on the human machine interface for off-highway machines and will give you a profound overview of the most significant HMI concepts as well as software and hardware solutions. Discuss the current state of technology, the newest developments and trendsetting projects with leading experts from the industry and scientific research. Amongst other topics, you’ll find out about how HMI technology contributes to more efficient, automated processes and improved functional safety.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Registration & Welcome Coffee


Chair‘s Welcome & Opening Address

Kurt Loosli, CEO, EAO AG, Switzerland


Say Hi & Meet your Peers!

Have your business cards on hand and see who else is joining the event. Get to know your peers

I. UX & User Centered Design


Taking into Account the Human Being behind the Machine

  • Customer centric and user centric approach
  • Enabling new & better products – Incorporating user input
  • Methods applied in UX & HMI
  • Use cases - Evaluating the UX / ergonomics level

Cristina Ilenescu, User eXperience, Usability & Ergonomics Engineer, AGCO, France


User Experience for Construction Machines – How UX contributes to increased Safety, Efficiency & Emotions in the Cockpit

  • The operator in focus: User-centered interface design for construction machines
  • UX patterns for supporting the operation of construction machines
  • Modern UX Design as USP and key to success

Franz Koller, Managing Director, User Interface Design GmbH, Germany


Connected Farmer HMI: How might we design interfaces for the modern, digital farmer

  • Who is the modern farmer and what is the HMI environment for the modern farmer?
  • What is the value of HMI in farming?
  • Lessons we‘ve learned in designing off-highway HMIs

Jonathon Baugh, Experience Architect and Delivery Manager, Pillar Technologies, USA



II. Future Developments in HMI


Concepts of FUTURE DIGITAL WORKSPACEs for industrial Vehicles

  • Overview of user categories, interaction technologies and digital testbeds
  • UX models and user journey as tools to develop adaptive HMIs
  • Examples of HMI concepts already in evaluation

Prof. Dr. Frank Will and Dr. Jens Krzywinski, both; Technical University Dresden, Germany


The Future of Off-Highway UX: HUDs, AR and beyond

  • Overall considerations for off-highway user experience – OEM investment, display hardware, inputs and modalities
  • Dealing with data – Sensor proliferation, AI and assisted recognition, vehicle errors
  • Mainstream automotive technologies that will influence the future of offhighway UX

Lynwood Stanley, Vice President - Global Engineering Services, Altia, USA


Experiences from a related Application Field: Current Concepts and Future Trends in automotive HMI

  • Cockpit architecture: Display configurations
  • Input modalities: Touch vs controller
  • Dialog: Stereotypes & graphical interaction
  • Augmentation: Enriching information
  • Voice control: „My co-driver“

Dr. Stefan Becker, Global Core HMI Supervisor, Ford, Germany


Networking and coffee break


Interactive World Café Session

During the interactive World Café Session, we invite you to directly engage with other experts. It is an interactively moderated discussion on different topics. Discuss and identify challenges within your sector as well as problems, needs and solutions. The focus is on the participants – Decide what exactly you would like to discuss and introduce your own experiences and cases.


End of conference day one

Get Together

At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

III. Future Developments in HMI


The connected Tractor: Voice-Enabled Technology in the Field

  • Types of users who want VE technology
  • Tractor owners‘ most wanted features
  • Mic and speaker location requests

Dr. Carie Cunningham, UX researcher, DRIVE Lab, Nuance Communications, USA

IV. HMI Software & Device Connectivity


Dynamic HMI Design with Apps-based System in mobile Machines

  • Challenges in mobile machine HMI design
  • Utilization of an apps-based system in HMI software development
  • Dynamic behavior and adaptation of app user interface
  • Apps-based system operation and performance optimization

Tommi Forsmann, Principal Engineer, Parker Hannifin Manufacturing, Finland


Intuitive and multi-use Off-Highway HMIs – Platform integrated innovative Technologies

  • Controlling more with less – Multi-use elements are offering more options to operators
  • Multi-modality HMIs opening paths of individual task-sequences
  • Adaptive and intuitive technologies are key elements of nowadays HMIs
  • Transferring passive displays into active HMI-surfaces
  • Platform design to control variability, complexity and cost

Michael Jendis, Executive Director Commercial Vehicles, Preh GmbH, Germany


Networking & coffee break


Technology supporting good Interaction Design in Off-Highway Vehicles

  • Facing the challenges of more advanced off-highway vehicles – Why importance of interaction design, UX and HMI technology is growing
  • Creating good UX interfaces – A hands on approach in software, displays and communication
  • Emerging trends and the future of interaction design and connected systems

Markus Wallmyr, Global UX Leader, CrossControl, Sweden


Panel Discussion on Design Thinking



V. Cockpit Control & Interaction


Control in the Future – Design and ergonomic Products for more Efficiency

  • How working places will change due to new IT technologies
  • Industry 4.0 – Influencing the way of steering and controlling, innovative control functions like speech control and much more
  • Ergonomics and design exemplified by 3 new innovative control systems products

Markus Seifert, CEO, Spohn und Burkhart GmbH & Co. KG, Germany and
Stefan Lochmann, CEO, Lochmann Kabinen GmbH and KML GmbH, Italy


Robust and individual configurable Outdoor Family HMI

  • Advanced HMI outdoor requirements – Ice, sunlight, dirt
  • HMI signals for functional safe applications
  • Plug & play: Using Standard Interfaces
  • Universal customer applicable functions with individual symbols, colours, illumination
  • HMI and the human touch

Claudia Benzing, Plant Manager, EAO Automotive, Germany


Networking & coffee break


New Level of Comfort and Safety in Off-Highway Cabins

  • Ergonomic workplace in practice
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Increasing productivity and safety through higher comfort
  • Reduced costs and increased revenue for manufacturers

Marc von Elling, CEO, recalm GmbH and Marko Boving, Senior Manager, Grammer AG, both: Germany


HMI Concepts for wearable Devices in a Repair and Maintenance Context

  • The increase in vehicle electronics – Making the machines more difficult to operate and maintain
  • Wearable devices – A valuable option to supply guided support for machine operators
  • User centred methods - Designing next generation repair & maintenance tools for this special environment
  • Use Case – Commercial vehicle service operations
  • Similarities & differences of methods

Johanna Sachtleben, Usability & User Experience Expert, DSA Daten- und Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany


Closing remarks


End of conference

Meanwhile, take a look at this year’s topics:

  • User centered design / UX in off-highway machine cabins
  • Interface standardization
  • Automation through HMI
  • HMI software: standardization and device connectivity
  • Advanced driver assistance and improved vehicle safety
  • Haptic, gesture and speech control development and technology
  • Modular HMI components / Instrument clusters
  • Cockpit design
  • Touch screen controls
  • Head-up displays / augmented & virtual reality
  • Use cases – sophisticated HMI in off-highway operations

Target audience for the HMI in Off-Highway Machines conference

This cross-sector VDI conference is aimed at professionals and management involved in the development and implementation of human machine interface in off-highway machines. This includes employees in the following areas:

  • OEMs and suppliers of off-highway machines
  • Software companies in the areas of HMI, UX, GUI
  • Users and companies active in agriculture, mining and construction

Book your ticket now

You’d like to engage in a cross-sector, interdisciplinary exchange about the human machine interface in off-highway machines? You want to find out, which developments and new technologies in this area are relevant to your company? Then book your ticket for the VDI conference “HMI in Off-Highway Machines” now and additionally benefit from our parallel conferences on “Sensors for Off-Highway Machines“ and “Automation and Robotics and in Agriculture“ without extra charge.

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