The Institute of Human Factors and Human-System Interaction (IHF) in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Tsinghua University endeavors persistently to examine the interactions between humans, products, and socio-technological systems, with the aim to boost system performance, improve user experience, ensure safety and health, and ultimately promote people's well-being. With a human-centered approach, IHF takes into account physical, psychological, and social factors, and promote incorporation of these factors into the design and evaluation of products, work, environment, and systems (including smart products and systems) by providing theories, principles, methods, and tools to practitioners across various domains.
The main research areas include:
- Human modeling and cognitive engineering
- Cognitive modeling, simulation, and prediction
- Visual perception and visual search
- Decision, cognitive workload, and situation awareness
- Distributed cognition and team cognition
- Human-Computer Interaction
- User-centered design
- Human-AI interaction
- Usability and user experience
- Social media and online user behaviors
- Human-computer interface in complex digital systems
- Novel interaction paradigms
- Universal design
- Ergonomic product design
- Ergonomic design of products and workplace
- Human factors and ergonomics in service industries
- Safety and health
- Human factors and human errors in complex systems
- Driving and road safety
- Occupational health and safety
In 2008, the research team of IHF received the President's Medal awarded by the Ergonomics Society of UK for the excellency in HF/E research. Now IHF has developed a strong research team, including 4 professors, 3 associate professors, and about 30 PhD students and 20 master students. The secretariat office of the Chinese Ergonomics Society (CES, the current 2th largest ergonomics societies in IEA) was transferred to the IHF in Dec. 2012 after Prof. Wei ZHANG elected as president. Together with CES, the IHF Institute has played an important role in facilitating the exchange of information between Chinese and international HF/E societies.
Rau, Pei-Luen is a Full Professor in the Institute. 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 areas: 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 a Full Professor in the Institute. He earned his PhD in engineering at Tsinghua University. Dr. Li has been serving or served as an Editorial/advisory Board Member for the Scientific Reports (2017.9-present), International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (2016.1-present), International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (2006.1-2010.5, 2011.1-present), Human factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing and Service Industries (2009.1-present), and Applied Ergonomics (2007.5-2010.3). 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), Reliability Committee Member of Chinese Operations Research Society, Vice Chairman of Human Factors in Complex Systems Chapter of Chinese Ergonomics Society, Vice Chairman of Neuromanagement and Neuroengineering Chapter of Management Science and Engineering Society of China, and Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Research areas: Human-machine teaming, interaction with intelligent systems, interface design, human error, human factors evaluation, system safety, and other human factors issues associated with complex industrial systems.
Zhang, Wei is a Full Professor in the Institute. 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 areas: Driving safety, Human-system simulation, Virtual Reality and its applications.
Wu, Changxu is the Director and a Full Professor in the Institute. He earned his PhD at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is Chair of Human Performance Modeling Technical Group, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) (2014-2015). He is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries, Behaviour & Information Technology.
Research areas: Integrating cognitive science and engineering system design
Yu, Ruifeng is an Associate Professor in the Institute. 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 areas: Ergonomics, Consumer behavior, Consumer satisfaction, Promotion, and Logistics and supply chain management.
Gao, Qin is an Associate Professor in the Institute. 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 areas: 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 areas: Human computer interaction, Virtual reality, Biomechanics, Digital human modeling.
National Natural Science Foundation of China
Human-machine function allocation and interface design for improving safety of complex systems (Major Project)
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
Computer Modeling for the Behaviors of Aged People
Computer Aided 3D Face Imaging Data Processing
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
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
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
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