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Human factors engineering short course

July 25, 2016

More than sixty experts from a variety of professions gathered at U-M in late July and early August to participate in the annual human factors engineering short course. 
The intensive two-week course explores the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. 
“Anywhere there is a person using a system—whether that system is in a motor vehicle, an operating room, an airplane cockpit, a manufacturing facility, or elsewhere—human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply,” explains UMTRI’s Paul Green, research professor in the Driver Interface Group. 
Now in its 57th year, the human factors engineering short course fills a unique training niche, says Green, who has helped lead the course since the 1970s. 
“There’s nothing else like it anywhere in the world,” says Green. “Through expert lectures, hands-on experience, tours, and small-group work, we bring human factors concepts to life for individuals representing a diverse cross-section of professions.” 
The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers.  
Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications. 
Photo: Previous participants in the human factors course tour the UMTRI facility.