Disseminate HFE knowledge
For some HF areas research is needed. Technology develops, we need to know how to apply HF to new technology. Over the past decades, ErgoS organized and carried out research on several topics relevant to industry:
- HF guidelines for control centre design (which have been the basis for ISO 11064).
- HF guidelines for off-normal message reduction (“Alarm management”).
- HF guidelines for CCTV-system design (read more).
- Inventory of applied HF-cases
In addition we are convinced that engineers and designers should be introduced in HF basics. Therefore, we developed courses and workshop on ergonomics (general) and a number of engineering topics, such as process graphics design, CCTV information display, control centre design, workplace layout, and manual materials handling.
ErgoS has a 30 year tradition in applied Human Factors and Ergonomics research. Usually, the research concerned HF topics for which engineering guidance or guidelines were missing, insufficient or not very practical, i.e. too scientific. The research activities included:
- HF Guidelines for process control centres (Pikaar et.al. 1998; developed before ISO 11064 for control centre design was established around 2000)
- Alarm management (multi funded research for process industries)
- HF Guidelines for CCTV-system design (Pikaar et.al.; 2012)
- Graphics & Interaction Design (several articles)
- The need for case studies in HF Projects (Pikaar, 2012).
ErgoS does not specifically aim for Scientific Research budgets of national or European organizations. Our approach is practical and aims for quick and very applicable results. Our background as former researchers of the Ergonomics Group of Twente University (NL) guarantees high quality research.
The approach taken by ErgoS is characterized by:
- identify real world needs (applied science)
- share knowledge: organize participation of colleagues, research institutes and/or universities
- share costs; funding organizations (partners) each invest a small sum; in return they get the shared results of a much larger research effort.
- results are available to partners only, for a period of 2 years (unless otherwise agreed among partners)
- working format: senior HF professionals prepare, analyse, and report; funding partners participate in interactive workshops to discuss each project milestone and contribute knowledge.
- avoiding extensive research overhead costs – we like to keep it simple.
Looking for a recent example of a research result, ask for the CCTV-guidelines document (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A number of scientific publications (books, articles, and papers) – written by ErgoS or in co-operation with ErgoS staff members – can be found here (publications).