Research
Institute of Human Factors & Ergonomics

Human Factor and Ergonomics studies the correlations and interactions between human, tool, machine and environment in system, and promote the total productivity of human-machine system as well as people's health, security and the quality of life. Our institute owns a excellent and fast growing team, including four professors, three associate professors and one lecturer, all of which have doctorial degree and overseas academic experience. There are more than 40 PhD candidates and Master candidates in institute. The institute always keeps endeavors in high level scientific research, personnel training and production and learning conversion. Our institute wins many honors and keep stable cooperative relationships with many institutions and companies at home and abroad. Now our institute has become a platform providing collaborations of industries, education and research. 

Members

Rau, Pei-Luen is the Director of Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics, and the Professor of Industrial Engineering Department at Tsinghua University in Beijing. He earned his PhD in engineering at Purdue University. He has founded and directed Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Usability research center at Tsinghua University. He is the associate editor of the International Journal of Safety Science and Universal Access in the Information Society. He is the editorial board of International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. He was the chair of China board and program board in HCI International 2007 in Beijing.

Research direction: Human Factors Engineering, Human-computer interaction, Cross-cultural design, Design for Elderly, Web Usability, Mobile Interaction, Game Study, Human-Robot Interaction, and Customer Experience Management. 

  

Li, Zhizhong is the Professor in Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics. He earned his PhD in engineering at Tsinghua University. Dr. Li served as Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (2006.1–2010.5, 2011.1-present), Applied Ergonomics (2007.5–2010.3) and Human factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries(2009.1–present). He also served as a Regional Chinese Submission Editor for the international journal of Reliability Engineering & System Safety during 2004-2007. Dr. Li is an academic member of National Standardization Technology Committee on Ergonomics (TC7), National Standardization Technology Committee on Personal Protective Equipments (TC112), Reliability Committee of Chinese Operations Research Society, and Committee member of Chinese Ergonomics Society. Dr. Li is a member of several academic societies, such as HFES, IIE, IEEE, CMES, CES, and CORS. In 2005, Dr. Li was selected into the "Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University" of Department of Education, China.

Research direction: Human modeling and simulation, 3D anthropometric measurement, Human performance in safety-critical systems, Dependability estimation of complex systems.

  

Zhang, Wei is the Professor in Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics. He earned his PhD in engineering at Tsinghua University. He is editorial member of the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries, Universal Access in the Information Society, International Journal on Injury Control and Safety Promotion and International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing. He is Deputy committee member of Chinese Ergonomics Society, Vice chair of Organization Ergonomics Technical Group and Committee member of Virtual Reality Technical Group of China Graphics and Images Society. In 2008, Dr. Zhang was selected into the "Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University" of Department of Education, China.

Research direction: Driving safety, Human-system simulation, Virtual Reality and its applications.

  

Yu, Ruifeng is an Associate Professor in Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics. He earned his PhD in management at Tsinghua University. He is Executive member of Chinese Ergonomics Society. He was member of Scientific Advisory Board in International Conference AHFE2010.

Research direction: Ergonomics, Consumer behavior, Consumer satisfaction, Promotion, and Logistics and supply chain management.

  

Gao, Qin is an Associate Professor in Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics. She earned her PhD in engineering at Tsinghua University. She is editorial board of International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction and secretary of China Chapter-Tsinghua of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Research direction: Human-Computer Interaction, User Interaction in Ubiquitous Computing, Social computing, IT Product Design and Usability Engineering.

  

Ma, Liang is an Associate Professor in Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics. He earned his PhD in mechanical engineering at Ecole Centrale De Nantes, France.

Research direction: Human computer interaction, Virtual reality, Biomechanics, Digital human modeling.

Honor

Excellent course, Beijing – Human Factors, 2009 
         The President's Medal awarded by the Ergonomics Society of UK, 2008 
         John L. Imhoff Award by ASEE, Prof. Gavriel Salvendy, 2008 
         Military Science & Technology Award, the General Logistics Department of Chinese People's Liberation Army, first prize, Prof. Li Zhizhong, 2007 
         Award for New Academics in Tsinghua University, Prof. Pei-Luen Patrick Rau, 2007 
         John Fritz Medal award by American Association of Engineering Societies, Prof. Gavriel Salvendy, 2006 
         National Friendship Medal for foreign expert, Prof. Gavriel Salvendy, 2006 
         National Science & Technology Award, the State Council of P.R. China, first prize, Prof. Li Zhizhong, 2005

Collaboration and Communication

  Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics always endeavors to make comprehensive and deep academic communications with international famous universities and institutions. The image below illustrates the primary cooperative organizations in recent years.

Achievements

Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics uses different methods, such as check experiment, psychophysical measurement, anthropological observation, computer simulation and data mining, to study the physical, mental, behavioral and social characteristics of human. The results of studies are applied for the design and improvements of operations, products, industrial systems and ambient environment. More than 140 academic papers and some monographs have been published by teachers and students, including 80+ papers in international journals. Teachers and students of Institute of Human Factor and Ergonomics have ever organized and participated many academic conferences at home and abroad. More than 100 papers were published in international academic conferences.

 Research Projects

National Natural Science Foundation of China

  Behavior, Complexity, and Error of Human-Machine Interaction in Digital Industrial Systems (Key Project) 
         Study of Interaction Performance Framework of Mobile Communications Devices 
         Ergonomics Study of Computerized Emergency Operation Procedures 
         Cooperation Mechanisms and Implementation Methods of Supply Chain 
         Statistic Analysis of Three-Dimensional Anthropometric Data for Fitting Design for Population 
         Cross-Cultural Research on Human-Robot Interaction 
         Testing and Analysis of Driver's Hazard Perception and Evaluation of Simulation Interventions 
         Fundamental Study on Collaborated Design and Rapid Manufacturing Technology 

National "863" Program

  Large Screen Multi-user Interaction Technology and Prototype Development

The European Commission, 7th Framework Programme

  Open Architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardization

 P&G, Japan

  Computer Modeling for the Behaviors of Aged People 
         Computer Aided 3D Face Imaging Data Processing

EADS, France

  Fatigue in the Simulation Task Research 
         Cross-Cultural Design of Digital Maintenance Document 
         Physical Fatigue Evaluation in Aircraft Assembly Task 
         Population Model for Virtual Humans

Tsinghua-Liberty Mutual (USA) Joint Projects

  Balance Control on Flexible Wooden Boards on a Simulated Scaffold by Chinese Construction Workers Hired from Farms 
         Driving Safety Research, the Behavior, Attitude and Intervention 
         Three Dimensional Anthropometric Measurement and Geometrical Modeling of the Hands of Chinese Females 
         Physiological and Perceptual Responses in Chinese Construction Workers in Combined Materials Handling Tasks 
         Physiological and Psychophysical Responses in Handling Maximum Acceptable Weights under Different Footwear-Floor   Slipperiness Conditions 
         The Traffic Sign Design of China 
         Cross-Cultural Effects on Warning Traffic Signs Design and Awareness of Danger: China vs. US

China Railway Container Transport

  Research on Container Management Mode 
         Research on Management System of Performance Evaluation in Workshop 
         Evaluation and Improvement of Service Quality for Railway Station

Nokia China

  Requirement Model of Mobile Services for Young People 
         Research on Readability of Chinese Characters 
         Information Security, Screen Magnifier, Acceptance of Rural User, Mobile Performance Modeling 

Other Cooperative Projects

Information Product Design

  NTT:Design Guidelines Framework of Protal User Interface for Old Users 
         Midea: Human-Machine Interaction Study of Home Appliances 
         Samsung: Usability Testing of Digital TV

Cross-Cultural Research究

  SAP: Cultural Difference and its Effect on User Interface Design 
         IBM : Cultural Difference and its Effect on Work Flow Software Design

Safety and Simulation

  MHI: Digital Operation Evaluation Based on Motion Tracking and Simulation 
         Nissan: Vehicle Safety Device Usefulness Research Aim at Chinese Typical Car-Death Accident 
         Tsinghua University: Emergency Escape Activities in Vital Accident based on Virtual Reality 

Service Design

  Asia Research Center of Tsinghua University: Design and Research System of Customer Service Experience and the Quality             Evaluation of Fast-Food Chain 
         Beijing Subways: Evaluation and Analysis of Passenger Satisfaction

Guidelines and Standards

  Research on Human Factors Design Guidelines and Related Standards 
         CNIS: Ergonomics Guidelines of Work System Design

International Conferences Ever Organized 
         International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction  
         International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics 
         The International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management 
         International Conference on Quality and Reliability 
         International Conference on Human Factors and Computer System  

Participated Academic Journals 
         Human Factors 
         Ergonomics 
         Applied Ergonomics 
         Reliability Engineering and System Safety 
         Journal of Safety Research 
         Behavior and Information Technology 
         Computers in Human Behavior 
         Transportation Research 
         International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 

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