“Ergonomics and Healthcare”
More details to be confirmed.
The rapid growth of the Wearable Technology market has made it the number one development line for many companies. However, like many new innovations, in the rush to market there is a wide range of standards and problems that will plague the market for years to come. This discussion builds upon research by K Sharp, looking at the technology and products available now and how they are developing, the architecture issues and the direction of travel required for future research.
The speaker, Barry Kirby, is a Chartered Human Factors consultant and CIEHF Fellow, who has been involved in Defence and Aerospace Engineering research for the majority of his career, working on a variety of platforms such as the Harrier GR9, Eurofighter Typhoon, Successor and Scout SV as well as Leading Edge and Blue Sky research programmes. After working for large companies for over 10 years, he is now the founding Managing Director of K Sharp, a User Centred Research and Consultancy company.
Refreshments at 6:30pm for 7pm start. The event will be held in The Shelley Lecture Theatre.
This talk has been organised in conjunction with the British Computer Society and the CIEHF.
This event will feature offshore helicopter safety with the opportunity to observe helicopter underwater escape and emergency breathing system (EBS) training.
There will also be a talk by Sue Coleshaw, a CIEHF Fellow, who will discuss ergonomic issues relating to EBS use and training, and lessons that can be learnt from recent helicopter accidents.
Refreshments will be available.
This event is free but please book your place online.
Please note that places for Regional Group events are almost always limited. If you book but can’t attend, please let the Group Lead know so that your place can be offered to someone else.
Philosophy, Ergonomics and Applications in Complex Human Systems symposium (PEACHS 2016)
Date: 6th June, 2016
Location: NCTL Learning and Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, UK
Ergonomics recognises that complex socio-technical systems require approaches to understand how we perceive, interpret and act within our environment, and how the dynamics of that environment shape events. Many of these questions are philosophical in nature, drawing on topics such as epistemology and metaphysics.
Philosophy is the discipline that deals with the essential natures of many of these key notions: causation, complexity, knowledge, perception, agency, rationality and representation. Philosophy is being challenged to make itself relevant to the questions that face our society. A philosophical input has the clear potential, through ergonomics, to directly inform theories of the design, measurement and implementation of complex human systems.
Ergonomics has questions, an awareness of the importance of the philosophical issues, and empirical data. Philosophy has the means to address these questions in a rigorous and abstract way while seeking new domains to demonstrate relevance.
The ‘Philosophy, Ergonomics and Applications in Complex Human Systems’ symposium seeks to bring the two disciplines together on a more formal basis, to share ideas and concepts.
* Are there alternatives to current models of causality as applied to areas such as accident and incident investigation?
* Situation awareness – is it real, does it matter if it is real, and how does it relate to notions of consciousness?
* In what way can we move beyond mechanistic ‘information processing’ models of perception and action?
* When is usefulness more important than truth in the application of constructs to design and explain complex systems?
* Are we able to formalise action and control in highly coupled complex systems? How rigorous and appropriate are the formalisms we already use?
* How do we characterise agency given the new capabilities, demands and expectations of automation in the 21st Century?
The symposium is envisaged as a meeting of minds between philosophy and ergonomics. We therefore welcome papers from the philosophy community with little or no knowledge of ergonomics, but may have relevance to the design or analysis of how people and systems work. Similarly, we welcome papers from the ergonomics community that may have little philosophy, but are cognisant of the philosophical questions their work raises. Also, papers can be empirical but may also be more theoretical or discursive. We are currently exploring the option of selected papers being invited to submit for a journal special issue.
Extended abstracts of up to 500 words by 25th April. * Note that this is an extension to the original deadline *
Please send abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org – please include “PEACHS 2016” in the email heading.
Successful papers will be required to register for the symposium.
This event is being run as a precursor to the “Human Factors in Complex Systems” conference also held in Nottingham on 7th and 8th June. However, please note PEACHS is a standalone event with separate registration – details will follow Spring 2016. We welcome any queries about the symposium to David.Golightly@Nottingham.ac.uk.
David Golightly, Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham
Robert Houghton, Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham
Stephen Mumford, School of Philosophy, University of Nottingham
On June 7th & 8th 2016 the CIEHF and the University of Nottingham will be running the second Human Factors in Complex Systems conference, following on from the successful initial event in 2014 which honoured the life and work of Professor John R Wilson in the field of ergonomics and human factors.
The conference will bring together academics and practitioners working in diverse areas such as transport, healthcare, manufacturing and defence.
In the two day programme there will be opportunities to take part in panel discussions and debate the latest research and ideas on relevant topics, including:
– data and systems
– design of technologies and systems
– future systems
– methodology and complex systems
– modelling / simulation of people in systems
– safety, risk and resilience
For more details, visit the event website at www.hf-complexsystems.org.uk
This event will feature transport ergonomics with provisional presentations on the following:
Road traffic signalling
All details to be confirmed.
Following the success of the last three years, RRUKA, RSSB and YRP are organising the 4th edition of the Next Generation Rail Conference.
Next Generation Rail is attended by 200 of the brightest PhD students, early career researchers, young rail professionals and apprentices, in order to promote interaction between tomorrow’s rail leaders and educators.
The conference will offer valuable training and learning opportunities to enhance young professionals’ skills and support their career progression. Participants will also benefit from showcasing their project in Best Presentation and Best Poster competitions for a change to win cash prizes.
This year’s conference focuses on innovation and creativity. The programme includes a choice of technical site visits, a series of interactive workshops led by innovation experts and lots of networking and team building activities.
To register and for more information visit www.rruka.org.uk/events/ngr2016/
The Medical Image Understanding and Analysis Conference (MIUA) 2016 is now in its 20th year.
MIUA is a UK-based meeting for the communication of research related to image analysis and its application to medical imaging and biomedicine. The conference provides an opportunity to present and discuss research in medical image understanding and analysis, which is a rapidly growing subject with ever increasing real-world applicability
Technical papers (six pages) and review papers (eight pages) are solicited on any topic within the scope of the conference. Each paper will be evaluated by three reviewers. Contributions from across the spectrum of medical image analysis – from technical advances to novel practical applications – are welcome. Contributions from both inside and outside the UK are welcomed and encouraged.
Paper submission deadline: 1st April 2016.
This year’s theme is “Fusion! HCI across Disciplines”. We want to challenge research and practitioners to uncover ways to inspire fusion in lots of different ways; these include fusion between quality & innovation, research & practice, and between different topic areas both within and outside HCI.
For all details, please visit the event website.
This event will start with a video introduction to JCB. This will be followed by a tour of “The Story of JCB” museum which features the history of JCB, how it started, and some of its achievements.
You will then be taken on a factory tour of the whole assembly line process from the delivery of sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally finished product. For more information on the tour see the JCB website.
Finally, there will be a presentation on the ergonomics that goes into the design of JCB equipment and plant.
Refreshments will be available on arrival. Please note that you must wear closed toed shoes, and due to the length of the tour it may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
Book your free place online by 22nd June. Places are limited to 20 people so don’t miss out.