ErgoExpo 2019 Keynotes

Comfort in Context: Design Implications for the Future of Seating

After walking in a forest, your stress hormones are lower compared with walking in a city. After sitting on a wooden stool, your office chair may seem much softer than after you’ve been sitting on a couch. These are examples of how the environment influences our behavior. Dr. Vink will use examples of ergonomic design considerations that have been used for projects done on car seats with BMW, on aircraft seats with Zodiac aerospace and on office seats with Ahrend to demonstrate the practical implications of this knowledge for the design and testing of ergonomic seating, and how ergonomic practitioners can implement these strategies in the workplace.

Prof. Dr. Peter Vink
The Human-Machine Relationship
in the 21st Century

A new relationship between humans and machines is emerging. It is a much more collaborative relationship thanks to the entry of robotic devices working alongside human workers. What are the practical benefits and risks of this emerging human-robotic relationship? Dr. Howard will explore the emerging field of occupational robotics and how it will affect the daily life of the practicing ergonomist.

John Howard
Building an Ergonomics Program
at Wegmans

Dr. Laurie will speak on her experiences, success and challenges at Wegmans, specifically focusing on moving its ergonomics program from a reactive to a proactive approach, discussing her efforts to incorporate scientific methods, use of EHS design reviews and design standards, and proactive risk assessments to support recommended design changes. She will explain the company’s Prevention through Design strategy, intended to design out risk in the workplace at the new and remodel stage, and offer a look into the future with the incorporation of 3D ergonomic modeling within the development group’s building information modeling (BIM) process.

Nancy Laurie, PhD, CPE
You-ser Centered Workplace Design

Ergonomics often stresses employees’ microenvironments, but a major influence on our performance and well-being has to do with the environments we occupy on a daily basis. Mr. Nou will demonstrate the cognitive and emotional impacts of the spaces we occupy and the products we use, and explain how ergonomists can quantify the financial impacts of environmental and product changes in the workplace. Good ergonomic design must focus on how someone actually uses something, where it is being used and who the user is. Only then can we design products that are easier to use and more satisfying, and that ultimately create better experiences.

Danny Nou, MS, CPE

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