Center for Ergonomics
The Center for Ergonomics houses a multidisciplinary human sciences laboratory. The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics (or human factors engineering) as the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.
The domains of specialization within ergonomics can be described as ‘cognitive’, ‘physical’, and ‘organizational’. Cognitive ergonomics is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response, as they affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Physical ergonomics is concerned with human anatomical, anthropometric, physiological and biomechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity. Organizational ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of sociotechnical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes. The Center for Ergonomics conducts research and applied projects within each of these domains of specialization.
The laboratory is equipped to conduct simulation studies and support research efforts through: collection of video scenarios of human-computer interaction (HCI) activities; recording of user screen actions through instrumented software designed to capture user interaction with the software interface; and rapid prototyping of new software designs or changes to existing designs. The laboratory is also easily configurable to simulate different environments, such as a healthcare ambulatory care setting.
For more information
Contact Dr. Jason Saleem , Director of the Center for Ergonomics