Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

NEC21 will host a series of Fireside Chats between an industry insider and neuroscientist. The goal of these fireside chats is to help neuroscience and human factors researchers appreciate the diverse challenges faced in “getting things done”.

Industry insiders are encouraged to address the naïve statement:

“If we could only ‘read the brain’, this is how we could
improve performance, safety, and satisfaction in our industry.”

that their neuroscience counterpart will seek to ground in methods and theories in neuroscience.

Through a constructive dialog, we hope to find a middle ground that will present formidable and meaningful challenges that Neuroergonomics researchers could strive towards.

Industry Insiders

We are excited to have confirmed the following Industry Insiders. They possess a strong academic background of basic research as well as extensive experience in working with industry stakeholders.

Logistics & Transport

Dr. Stas Krupenia has been working at the intersection of people and technical systems since 2004. He has researched patient monitoring in Australia, skill acquisition for sports and engineering in Israel, military information systems in the Netherlands, and since 2012 trucks, buses and transport systems in Sweden. He has previously been the manager for User Interaction, Ergonomics, and Human Factors within Scania’s Cab Development Department. Stas is currently the Acting Manager for Scania’s Research Office as well as Technology Leader for Human Factors.

New Media

Dr. Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy is a Project Research & Development Engineer with the BBC working on how broadcasters (and content makers) could have more personal ‘conversations’ with audiences on interactive and immersive platforms. She is interested in using insights in audience behaviour to inform the design of novel experiences on emerging platforms. Her research interests cover (social) VR/AR, connected TVs/devices and interaction design. Before joining the BBC, she was a research fellow in virtual environments and computer graphics at University College London (UCL). She has a PhD from UCL in Computer Science and a BEng in Information Systems Engineering from the University of Surrey.

Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (BBC)


Oliver W. Klaproth is a human-centered technology scientist at Airbus Central Research & Technology in Hamburg, Germany. His work focuses on making human operators’ cognitive processes more accessible and machine-readable in the interaction with Airbus products and services. Oliver joined Airbus in 2016 after 4 years as a human factors researcher at Fraunhofer FKIE in Wachtberg. He is a PhD candidate in Cognitive Modeling at TU Berlin, who received his M.Sc. in Psychology from University of Twente, the Netherlands, in 2011.

Dr. Julia Behrend is the Head of Safety Innovation & Human Cooperation at Air France’s Flight Safety Department. Julia aims to apply findings from aviation psychology, cognitive science, and neuroergonomics to safety for a better understanding of human performance in real-life situations. She serves as board member for the European Association for Aviation Psychology and is affiliated with the Department of Cognitive Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL Research University in Paris, France.


Prof. Liesbeth Zandstra is Science Leader at Unilever Foods Innovation Centre Wageningen and part-time professor Food Reward and Behaviour at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Her research focuses on scientific challenges to find new ways to make the healthy and sustainable choice the preferred choice. She is particularly interested in psychophysiological and behavioral effects of foods as well as new methodologies for better understanding sensory perception and consumer behavior.

Leader Training and Selection

Prof. Claudia Peus has been the Professor of Research and Science Management at TU München since May 2011, Senior Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity since October 2017, and Founding Director of the TUM Institute for Life Long Learning (TUM IL3) since December 2019. After completing her PhD at LMU Munich, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard University.

Image of Prof. Claudia Peus