How do humans interact with systems? And how can those systems be optimized for performance and efficiency? At the Center for Ergonomics, we try to answer these questions and much more.
Center for Ergonomics
The Center for Ergonomics houses a multidisciplinary human science laboratory to conduct research and applied projects in cognitive, physical, and organizational ergonomics. Work here optimizes mental processing, human well-being, and administrative functioning. It is easily configurable to simulate different environments, such as a healthcare ambulatory care setting.
The laboratory supports a variety of simulation studies. It enables video recording of human-computer interaction, the capture of user interactions via instrumented software, and rapid prototyping of new and updated designs.
Dr. Jason Saleem, Director
“Industrial Engineering is just fun. Our students embed with companies, observe and interview end-users to understand their work practices, and then redesign a current product or application.”- Dr. Jason Saleem, Director of the Center for Ergonomics
Potential benefits of multiscreen and multiple device environments were assessed using three different computing environments. A single factor, within-subject study was conducted with 18 engineering students in a laboratory experiment.
A more thoughtful design of the exam room layout with respect to the placement and physical design of the computing set-up may reduce provider cognitive effort and enhance aspects of patient centeredness by viewing the computer and electronic health record (EHR) it displays as an important mediator between provider and patient.
Capability Fully Geared for Research
The center has everything needed for use in human factors and ergonomics research and instruction. Lab equipment includes surface electromyography, electro goniometers, a cerebral oximeter, a light meter, a lumbar motion meter, and a noise dosimeter.