Romy Müller

Institute of Psychology III
Chair of Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognitive Research
Technische Universität Dresden
01069 Dresden

Tel.: +49 351 463 35330
Fax: +49 351 463 37741

Visiting Address
Office Building Zellescher Weg (BZW)
Zellescher Weg 17
Room A225

Research Interests

My research focuses on the coordination of joint action. Using different experimental approaches, I am trying to find out how implicit signals about a partner's attention and action are processed and how they are used to guide a person's own action.
One part of my research aims at understanding how people interpret and use information about a remote partner's gaze. In the past few years, I have mainly applied eye movement transfer for computer-mediated cooperation, investigating how such gaze transfer influenced communicative processes and how this depended on the characteristics of the task. Currently, I am focusing on more basic questions of how observing a person's object-directed gaze affects people's own processing of these objects. For example, do we more readily interpret meaning into objects and events if we see somebody else looking at them?

Second, I am interested in processes of action effect anticipation in joint tasks. If we interact with a partner and are able to predict his reactions on the basis of our own previous actions, does this influence our action planning? That is, if I know how my partner will react to what I am doing, does this make it easier for me to do it in the first place? In a series of multitouch experiments, I am varying the compatibility and predictability of partner reactions to study the effects of such anticipations.

Third, we are preparing a project that is aimed at technologically improving the communication between remote partners in process control. Technical defects in highly automatized plants require a close coordination between people that have different tasks and are faced with different sensory information, but they have to combine their knowledge to reach a shared goal. We are testing different concepts of technical support, varying the way in which partners are able to exchange information about the other one's workspace and activities.


  • KoMMDia: Cooperative human-machine dialogues for fault diagnosis in processing
  • PlantCom: Supporting remote communication between control room and field in the process industries  
  • Ideomotor Effects in Joint Action: The Influence of Anticipated Partner Reactions on Action Control (DFG-Project)
  • Communicative Eye Movements 



  • Introduction to Cognitive Science / Cognitive Ergonomics

  • Engineering Psychology
  • Applied Cognitive Research


  • Attention and Eye Movements
  • Engineering Psychology and Applied Cognition
  • Research-oriented course: Communicative Eye Movements    


Müller, R., & Urbas, L. (2017). Cognitive challenges of changeability: Multi-level flexibility for operating a modular chemical plant. Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 89(11), 1409–1420. doi:10.1002/cite.201700029. Link to article

Müller, R., Narciss, S., & Urbas, L. (2017). Interfacing Cyber-Physical Systems with Human Decision Makers. In H. Song, D. B. Rawat, S. Jeschke & C. Brecher (Eds.), Cyber-Physical Systems: Foundations, Principles and Applications (pp. 145-160). Elsevier. Link to abstract

Müller, R. (2016). Does the anticipation of contingent partner reactions facilitate action planning in joint tasks? Psychological Research, 80(4), 464–486. doi: 10.1007/s00426-015-0670-0 Link to article

Müller, R., Helmert, J.R., & Pannasch, S. (2014). Limitations of gaze transfer: Without visual context, eye movements do not to help to coordinate joint action, whereas mouse movements do. Acta Psychologica, 152(1), 19-28. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.07.013 Link to article

Müller, R., Helmert, J.R., Pannasch, S., & Velichkovsky B.M. (2013). Gaze transfer in remote cooperation: Is it always helpful to see what your partner is attending to? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(7), 1302-1316. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2012.737813 Link to article

Müller, R. (2012). Blickbewegungen in der computermediierten Kooperation: Chancen und Schwierigkeiten in der Verwendung einer weniger expliziten Kommunikationstechnologie. Unpublished dissertation. Dresden: Technische Universität Dresden. Download Dissertation

Pannasch, S., Helmert, J.R., Müller, R. & Velichkovsky, B.M. (2012). The analysis of eye movements in the context of cognitive technical systems: three critical issues. In A. Esposito, M. A. Esposito, A. Vinciarelli, R. Hoffmann, & V. C. Müller (Eds.) Cognitive Behavioural Systems, LNCS (Vol. 7403, pp. 19-34) Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Link to article

Conference presentations: Joint action and gaze transfer

Müller, R. (2017). Anticipated partner reactions do not affect grasp initiation in joint object manipulation. Poster presented at the 59. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Dresden, March 27-29.

Müller, R. (2017). Coherence judgements in the Remote Associates Task are faster when people believe that another human has seen the triad before. Talk at the 59. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Dresden, March 27-29.

Müller, R. & Jung, M.L. (2016). Incompatible partner reactions improve performance in the weaker task of a picture-word interference paradigm – But only if they can be ignored. Talk at the 58. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Heidelberg, March 21-23.

Müller, R. (2015). Visualisierung von Blickübertragung: Cursors, Highlights und Spotlights. Talk at the Ebiss Workshop, Dortmund, December 03-04.

Müller, R. (2015). Temporally compatible partner reactions facilitate action initiation and produce contrast effects on movement duration. Talk at the EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, Torino, September 25-27.

Müller, R. (2015). Joint spatial and temporal response-effect compatibility: Do anticipated reactions of a partner facilitate the planning and execution of hand movements? Poster presented at the 6th Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, July 1-4.

Müller, R. (2015). The impact of anticipated partner reactions on attentional selection. Talk at the 57. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Hildesheim, March 8-11.

Müller, R. (2014). The effects of observing other people’s gaze: Faster intuitive judgments of semantic coherence. Poster presented at the KogWis 2014, Tübingen, September 29 - October 2. Download short paper

Müller, R., & Kammer, D. (2013). Does the anticipation of a partner's reaction affect action planning? Spatial action-effect compatibility in a joint task. Poster presented at the CogSci 2013, Berlin, July 31 - August 3.

Müller, R. (2013). Response-effect compatibility with self-generated and partner-produced effects. Poster presented at the 55. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Vienna, March 25-27.

Müller, R., Helmert, J.R.,  Pannasch, S., & Velichkovsky B.M. (2011). Following closely? The effects of viewing conditions on gaze versus mouse transfer in remote cooperation. Paper presented at the Dual Eyetracking Workshop 2011, Aarhus, September 24-28. Download full paper

Müller, R., Helmert, J.R., Pannasch, S., & Velichkovsky B.M. (2011). In search for the optimal communication means in joint cooperation: Gaze versus mouse transfer. Poster presented at the 16th European Conference on Eye Movements, Marseille, August 21-25.

Müller, R., Helmert, J.R.,  Pannasch, S., & Velichkovsky B.M. (2010). How does the level of interaction mediate the benefit of gaze transfer in a cooperative puzzle task? Talk at the KogWis 2010. Potsdam, October 3-6.

Müller, R. (2010). Gaze transfer in computer-mediated cooperation. Talk at the Fourth International Conference on Cognitive Science, Tomsk, June 21-26.

Müller, R., Reiche, A., Pannasch, S. & Velichkovsky B.M. (2010). Communication by way of gaze transfer: Using eye-movement data to improve computer-mediated cooperation in a puzzle solving task. Poster presented at the 52.Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Saarbrücken, March 22-24.

Müller, R., Pannasch, S. & Velichkovsky B.M. (2009). Comparing eye movements for perception and communication: Changes in visual fixation durations and saccadic amplitudes. Perception 38 ECVP Abstract (suppl), p. 23.

Müller, R., Pannasch, S. & Velichkovsky B.M. (2009). Gaze-based communication influences visual fixation durations and saccadic amplitudes. Poster presented at the 51. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen, Jena, March 29 - April 1.

Conference presentations: Human-machine interaction

Müller, R., Dessel, A.-K., Bengsch, A., Heinze, S. , & Oehm, L. (2017). Case-based decision support for fault diagnosis: Salient outcome ratings do not discourage thorough situation analysis. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Rome, September 28-30.

Müller, R. (2017). Mensch-Maschine-Kooperation in hochautomatisierten Systemen. Talk at the VVD-Anwenderforum, Dresden, September 26. 

Oehm, L., Müller, T., Müller, R., Ziegler, J., Majschak, J.-P., Urbas, L., & Schult, A. (2016). Kooperative Störungsdiagnose durch Bediener und Assistenzsystem für Verarbeitungsanlagen. Poster presented at the Zweite Transdisziplinäre Konferenz: Technische Unterstützungssysteme, die die Menschen wirklich wollen. Hamburg, December 12-13.

Müller, R., Ullrich, L., Müller, T., Ziegler, J., & Oehm, L. (2016). Case-based decision support for fault diagnosis: The impact of salient case ratings on situation analysis and solution focus. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Prague, October 26-28.

Riese, L., Dostert, J., Hoffmann, R., Pfeffer, J., Urbas, L, & Müller, R.  (2016). Communication between control room and field operators in the process industries. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Prague, October 26-28.

Müller, R. (2015). Der Mensch auf Standby: Wie Automatisierung unser Denken und Handeln beeinflusst. Talk at the Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft Herbstkonferenz, Dresden, September 21-22.

Lambeck, C., Fohrholz, C., Leyh, C., Supulniece, I., & Müller, R. (2014). Commonalities; Contrasts: An Investigation of ERP Usability in a Comparative User Study. Proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Information Systems. Tel Aviv, Israel.

Lambeck, C., Fohrholz, C., Leyh, C., & Müller, R. (2014). (Re-) Evaluating User Interface Aspects in ERP Systems - An Empirical User Study. Proceedings of the 47th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA.

Conference presentations on other topics

Kammer, D., Müller, R., Wojdziak, J., Zavesky, M., Weyprecht, P., Schönefeld, F., & Groh, R. (2012). Innovationspotenzial validieren: Anwendungsgebiete für die 3D-Plattform Bildsprache LiveLab. Innovationsforum open4INNOVATION2012 regional kooperativ-global innovativ Beiträge zum Fachforum. Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

Helmert, J.R., Mueller, R., Pannasch, S., & Velichkovsky, B.M. (2008). Influence of scene background and spatial arrangement of objects on gaze behaviour. Perception 37 ECVP Abstract (suppl), p. 95.

Other Interests

My horses Titum, Summy, Pia and Bacardy

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