Ergonomics, or human factors engineering, studies how humans interact with elements in their environment. This could include how a worker operates within their workspace, whether that be a cubicle or an assembly line.
The University of Louisville Center for Ergonomics houses a multidisciplinary human sciences laboratory that gathers and interprets data to inform design that optimizes safety, human well-being and overall system performance.
Examining how the body moves in certain situations, such as reaching for something on a shelf or handling tools on an assembly line, can help identify ways to improve safety and efficiency.
The Center for Ergonomics' lab has advanced equipment and software for studying motion, such as sensors and motion-capture cameras that reveal how people move during physical activity and balance trials.
Studying how people interact with computers and software can help identify pain points and lead to better, more user-friendly products. The Center for Ergonomics' laboratory is equipped with technologies that allow us to conduct simulation studies and support research efforts by:
- Collecting video of simulated human-computer interaction (HCI);
- Recording how people interact with computer programs using instrumented software designed to capture user facial expressions and their on-screen actions;
- And rapid prototyping of new software designs or changes to existing designs.
The lab is easily reconfigured to test specific environments, such as an ambulatory health care setting.