Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Medical University of Graz

Basic science in modern human factors

Speaker: Dr. Marino Menozzi,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich,
Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (MTEC)
Date, Time: November 8th, 2010, 11:00 a.m.
Location: IMI Meeting Room (S-05-170), Auenbruggerplatz 2/5, 8036 Graz
Presented By: Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation together with OCG-WG HCI & UE
Abstract: The physician Wojcech Jastrzebowski founded Ergonomics more than 150 years ago. At that time, physical issues governed the domain in adapting work to fit the needs of man. Improvements of work consisted in establishing quantitative limits preventing acute and long term negative impacts of work on health.

Today, physical issues are still important to be considered in the layout of work. However, information processing in man has dramatically gained importance at work boosting the involvement of cognitive sciences in ergonomics. Sophisticated models evolved in the past decades describing cognitive issues of work and aiming to improve conditions at work. However, the analogous approach of quantifying limits of workload, as has been adopted in physical ergonomics, still tries hard to gain ground in the layout of work. Interestingly, basis for quantifying limits in informatory work have been founded in the 50ies and 60ies of the last century.

Biography: Marino Menozzi studied physics at ETH in Zurich. He conducted a doctoral research work at the Institute of Hygiene and applied Physiology of the Swiss Federal Institute of technology. His thesis on "vision and displays" was completed in 1987 and awarded by the ETH Zürich. He defended his habilitation with the title "Visual Complaints" in 1999 and received the venia legendi for human factors in 2000. From 2002 to 2004 he stayed at the Space Medicine Research Centre at Nagoya University (Prof. K. Koga) and in industry (R&D Essilor company, France).

Marino Menozzi´s lectures at different universities in ergonomics, product design, vision and physiological optics and in psychophysics and he was director of the masters of advanced studies in "Work + Health" at ETH Zürich. From 2005 to 2008, Marino Menozzi was president of the Swiss Society for Ergonomics as well as president of suissepro, an umbrella association with about 2000 members incorporating ergonomists, hygienists, occupational physicians and safety experts.

 
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