Events

IHFES December 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

This event will be hybrid, however, we encourage everyone to attend in person.

Title: Shift Handover & Human Factors: cross sectoral perspectives

Aim: To explore how Human Factors can contribute to designing and improving Handover

Panel Speakers followed by Q&A session

Energy Sector: Aidan Fagan Commercial Risk Manager ESB Generation

Emergency Response: Laurence Skelly Retired Dublin Fire Brigade Officer

Healthcare: Dr Cormac Kennedy, Consultant Pharmacologist and general physician at St James’s Hospital, assistant director of the Wellcome – HRB Clinical Research Facility at St James’s Hospital & Dr Cora McCaughan Assistant National Director, Healthcare Audit, Internal Audit Division at Health Service Executive.

Facilitated by Dr Maria Chiara Leva and Dr Marie Ward

Dr Maria Chiara Leva is the chair of the Irish Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and lead of the Human Factors In Safety and Sustainability.

Dr Marie Ward is the Health Systems Learning and Research facilitator at St James’s Hospital and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Centre for Innovative Human Systems TCD.

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IHFES November 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Thu, 24 November 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

Title: Soma Design – intertwining aesthetics, movement and emotion in design work

Presenter: Kristina Höök is a Professor in Interaction Design at the Royal Institute of Technology and also works part-time at RISE. Höök has published numerous journal papers, books and book chapters, and conference papers in highly renowned venues. A frequent keynote speaker, she is known for her work on social navigation, seamfulness, mobile services, affective interaction and lately, designing for bodily engagement in interaction through soma design. Her competence lies mainly in interaction design and user studies helping to form design. She has obtained numerous national and international grants, awards, and fellowships including the Cor Baayen Fellowship by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), the INGVAR award, she is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and elected ACM SIGCHI Academy. Höök is a horseback rider, mother, grandmother, and feminist.

Description : We are at a watershed moment: our relationship to technology is about to undergo a dramatic and irreversible shift. With the rise of ubiquitous technology, data-driven design, and the Internet of Things, our interactions and our interfaces with technology will look radically different in the years ahead, incorporating changes like full body interaction, shape-changing interfaces, wearables, and body- and movement-tracking apps. I will discuss how we approach this challenge through Soma Design — a process that allows designers to examine and improve on connections between sensation, feeling, emotion, subjective understanding and values — and their relationships to technology. I will argue that by engaging in a soma design process we can better probe which designs lead to: deepened somatic awareness; social awareness of others in the environment and how they are affected by the human-technology assemblage; enactments of bodily freedoms rather than limitations; making norms explicit; engage with a pluralist feminist position on who we are designing for; aesthetic experience and expression; and, ultimately an aesthetic and ethical position on how to design for being human.

Title: Applying a soma design methodology to design interventions for aircraft passenger comfort

Presenter: Dr Mahnaz Sharafkhani is currently a research assistant at Human Factors in Safety & Suitability (HFISS). She was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at the institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham, UK. Her PhD was in Human Factors. She was exploring the use of a soma design methodology to design interventions for aircraft passenger comfort. She obtained her BSc and MSc in Industrial Engineering. She was a visiting researcher at interaction design lab, KTH Royal Institute of Technology when she learnt about Soma Design!

She has been involved in several scientific conferences and public outreach. She was a co-chair of the Woman in Aerospace and Aviation Charter (WiAAc), UoN branch to support the ongoing University of Nottingham’s commitments to Equality, Diversity, and with a focus on these areas in the aviation and aerospace domains.

Description : The purpose of this talk is to highlight that Soma Design methodology may serve as a powerful tool for designing and evaluating targeted comfort interventions as part of practical ergonomics research, especially when informed by additional constraints such as target areas of the body, and posture/space limitations, and for gaining very rich qualitative feedback about the efficacy of those designs. I, therefore, argue that soma design can and should be added to the toolkit of design and evaluation methods found in modern ergonomics research.

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IHFES October 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Friday, October 28, 2022 at 13:00 – 13:45 IST
Topic – Digitalisation and risk assessment – a new ball game?

Presenter: Tim Tregenza. Network manager at European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Responsible for coordinating EU-OSHA activities with the international community and for the national tripartite networks in Member States

Description: The purpose of the session is to highlight that the world of work – and of occupational safety and health management is changing – bringing new opportunities and challenges. Themes include digital OSH management (including the use of data from smart wearables and other technology, management of remote workers, management of platform workers.

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IHFES October 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Friday, October 28, 2022 at 13:00 – 13:45 IST
Topic – Digitalisation and risk assessment – a new ball game?

Presenter: Tim Tregenza. Network manager at European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Responsible for coordinating EU-OSHA activities with the international community and for the national tripartite networks in Member States

Description: The purpose of the session is to highlight that the world of work – and of occupational safety and health management is changing – bringing new opportunities and challenges. Themes include digital OSH management (including the use of data from smart wearables and other technology, management of remote workers, management of platform workers.

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IHFES September 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – 29th September 2022 at 13:00 – 13:45
Topic – Human-Robotic Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges

Presenters: Dr Valeria Villani. Professor (Assistant) at Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Description: Easy-to-use collaborative robotics solutions, where human workers and robots share their skills, are entering the market, thus becoming the new frontier in industrial robotics. They allow to combine the advantages of robots, which enjoy high levels of accuracy, speed and repeatability, with the flexibility and cognitive skills of human workers. However, to achieve an efficient human–robot collaboration, several challenges need to be tackled. First, a safe interaction must be guaranteed to prevent harming humans having a direct contact with the moving robot. Additionally, to take full advantage of human skills, it is important that intuitive user interfaces are properly designed, so that human operators can easily program and interact with the robot.

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IHFES June 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Thursday 23rd June at 13:00 – 13:45
Topic – User-Centred Design of Exoskeletons.

Presenters: Professor Leonard O’Sullivan, School of Design, Health Research Institute, SFI Funded Investigator CONFIRM, University of Limerick.

Link to this webinar’s recording: https://us06web.zoom.us/rec/share/2bwsUHIkjEflQF9eXhe6R-_U_8eHsPTioiU4iwH6aDOHled94086QezScEk8fcF6.zUVxXyo414Uh6hXC
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Description: Exoskeletons, as forms of wearable robotics technologies, offer the potential to assist workers in performing manually demanding jobs. This webinar explores recent advances in industrial exoskeleton development with a focus on the performance of these technologies in reducing body effort during manual work. The address also details opportunities and challenges for the technologies, especially in relation to user-centered design and technology acceptance.

IHFES at ESREL 2022

This year the Irish Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (IHFES) will run their annual event as a session within a big international conference ESREL 2022 (see www.esrel2022.com )  running in TU Dublin and Trinity college this coming 28th of August-1st of September.

If any of you may be interested in participating and submitting a paper or an extended abstract there is a special session on transport also see https://www.esrel2022.com/abstract (deadline is 10th of May don’t worry about the deadline for the abstract submission you can go directly to extended abstract and or paper).

ESREL is the biggest European event in the area or Risk and Reliability Analysis and Safety Management, hopefully this year we will also have the president for the EU osha to join us and many other relevant keynotes and special sessions (even our Health minister). This year the conference will have a special focus on: “Understanding and Managing Risk and Reliability for a Sustainable Future”.

It is the main event organised by the European Safety and Reliability Association (ESRA).

The conference is well established international and even during the pandemic in France in 2021 it was attended by over 600 people 400 of them in presence. We hope that in 2022 the number of attendees in physical presence will be of over 600 or so. We have received over 600. abstracts for it already.

We normally have session on Human Factors and it would be very good if you guys would like to take part in it.

We hope to hear from you soon.

IHFES April 2022 Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Thursday 28th April at 13:00 – 13:40
Topic – Human Factors in Healthcare Artificial Intelligence
Free
Registration is necessary. Register here

This Lunch n’ Learn will introduce the CIEHF White Paper ‘Human Factors in Healthcare Artificial Intelligence’. The aim of the white paper is to promote systems thinking among those who develop, regulate, procure, and use AI applications, and to raise awareness of the role of people using or affected by AI. The paper will be introduced through a conversation between Dr Marie Ward PhD, Health Systems researcher at St James’s Hospital and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Centre for Innovative Human Systems at TCD and Dr Donal Sexton MD PhD, Consultant Nephrologist and Kidney Transplant Physician at St James’s Hospital Dublin and Associate Professor at TCD.

You do not need to have any knowledge of AI to attend!

IHFES November Lunch N Learn webinar

Date – Thursday November 26th 13:00 – 13:40
Topic – Remote working: experiences from a fast and forced transition.
Free
Registration is necessary by November 25th. Register here

Presenters
13.00: Managing remote working in the pandemic: experiences from a HSE training project.
Marian Jennings, Solicitor, TU Dublin School of Business, & Dr Maebh Coleman, e-learning Teaching Fellow, TU Dublin

13.20: Company Approaches To Managing a ‘Working from Home’ Ergonomics Programme.
Muriel Johnson, partner & physiotherapist in ergonomics and occupational health, Occupational Physiotherapy Solutions Ltd

Member only access as of January 2021
Monthly Lunch-N-Learn webinars will be restricted to members of the Society as of January 2021. Not a member? Sign up – Visit here 

H – Workload

The 4th International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications (H-WORKLOAD 2020) will be held in Granada, Spain (3-5 December, 2020) at the University of Granada. Further details are here.

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