For the seventh successful year running, this annual event hosted by Cranfield University brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry. The event encourages networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth. The topic for 2016 asks “How can UK Manufacturing Growth match the best of the G7?”
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.
The next event of CIEHF’s South West Regional Group is a presentation entitled “Can ergonomics principles assist your career prospects?” by Ted Lovesey and Bernie Masters.
It will take place on Wednesday 1st June 2016 at The Paignton Club, The Esplanade, Paignton, Devon TQ4 6ED from 18:30 to 21:00.
Ergonomics or human factors modifies our surroundings to improve both performance and function in our everyday lives. The principle is to fit the environment to the person, not the other way round.
Knowledge without understanding is non-productive. Understanding both function and performance of the human empowers both the professional and the customer. Ergonomics modifies incrementally to help develop the true potential with the goal of:
- Making life easier
- Improving athletic performance
- Analysing and improving function for extreme environments
- Reducing mental and physical fatigue
The aim is to build a presentation package so that it can be modified for school careers advice, assist in professional development and in workplace efficiency.
Please book your place online.
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.
Registration is now open. Book online now.
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. 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
Reflective Practice was mentioned at the CIEHF’s Ergonomics & Human Factors 2016 conference recently as a potentially useful tool for our profession to use.Reflective practice is a process by which you stop and think about your practice, consciously analyse your decision making and draw on theory and relate it to what you do in practice. Critical analysis and evaluation refocuses your thinking on your existing knowledge and helps generate new knowledge and ideas. As a result, you may modify your actions, behaviour and learning needs.
You are invited to attend an East Midlands Regional Group workshop on Reflective Practice run by Abigail Fowler to find out more about it.
The workshop will take place from 18:30 until 20:30 on 22nd June 2016 in room LDS018 at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University.
The workshop will cover an introduction about Reflective Practice, what’s important about the theory behind it and how it can be beneficial. It will provide an opportunity for you to identify how you could apply it to your own work.
There will be a practical session featuring examples of different approaches. You’ll be able to test a theory yourself and to determine how you could apply it to your own work. There is no need to prepare any material prior to attending.
Abigail Fowler is a member of the CIEHF. She has 7 years’ experience of applying human factors in rail and air traffic control. Abigail studied reflective practice as part of a diploma in group facilitation, and has applied the method to her work supporting parents over the last 11 years. This workshop will provide an opportunity for cross industry learning with Abigail sharing her knowledge with fellow ergonomists.
The workshop is free, but please book your place.
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 CIEHF’s South Wales Regional Group will be holding its next event, a visit to Tata Steel, from 13:00 on 30 June 2016 in Port Talbot.
The visit will include a tour of Tata Steel Strip Products’ Port Talbot site. The tour will take in a number of operational parts of the site, as well as a general site overview. This is a great opportunity to witness the steel making process close up. There are of course a wide variety of human factors and ergonomics considerations at play within the steel works which we can discuss as the tour progresses. Our host for the day will be Joe Cook who is a Human Factors Specialist for Tata Steel Europe.
All personal protective equipment will be provided, although a pair of sturdy, flat shoes will be required. The tour will take roughly 2.5 hours, and will be followed by a session in the conference centre for refreshments and tour debrief. The Port Talbot site is easily reached by car, with ample parking available. Port Talbot train station is a 25 minute walk away, or a short journey by taxi.
Any queries please email SouthWalesRG@ergonomics.org.uk.
Numbers for this unique event are limited so you must book your place online.
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.