About the webinar:
Research in the field of ergonomics, and its associated research methods such as motion capture, may appear abstract, with limited direct application outside of academia. However, when integrated into a research-to-practice design philosophy, ergonomics and biomechanical research methods can be employed to improve overall satisfaction with devices and workplaces. Occasionally, products are released onto the market without full consideration of user needs and wants. User-centered design (UCD), often by way of methods including surveys or task analyses, can be incorporated into developmental processes to redress this concern. These often qualitative approaches are not the only means of fully accomodating users, as ergonomic research methods can be used to supplement UCD approaches. This webinar proposes an adaptable, ergonomics-centered development cycle and will explore associated research methods. Learners will review three case studies illustrating the application of ergonomic research methods to the design of new devices, evaluation, and prioritization of workplace equipment, and validation of a device's ergonomic attributes.