- Acquire knowledge on the role of Human Factors research in the medical domain.
- Acquire skills in the field of Neuro Ergonomics and Physical Ergonomics.
- Acquire and practice technical skills.
- Practice collaboration in development teams.
- Practice independent problem solving.
- Practice professional communication with experts and stakeholders
This challenge-driven course prepares students for the practical application of training methods and technology-driven research methods in safety-critical domains such as road traffic, air traffic control, cancer detection or surgery. In these areas, safety is highly dependent on human reliability, with the consequence that training and assessing operators is also a specific task for human factors specialists. During the course, students will become familiar with one core domain of Human Factors and their current research problems, for example the AI-supported analysis of medical image data, the optimization of simulator-based training for surgery, the design of virtual assistants, or the use of Virtual Reality for evaluating novel designs.|
Students work on one project in groups of three. The starting point of the project is a problem in a specific domain (e.g. driver training, surgery training, intelligent agents). The challenge is to produce a solution to this problem, with eclectic use of simulator or sensor technology.
The learning process is divided in five phases:
The course ends with a symposium, where students present their results.
- Challenge presentation: The stakeholder(s) presents the domain, in which a real problem unfolds, for which a (partial) solution is sought.
- Background knowledge: Students acquire the specific methodological and development skills required for the present case. This is achieved by a mix of workshops and lectures.
- Ideation: Students approach the problem from various sides (literature, stakeholder, experts) and develop a project idea.
- Strategy: Students develop a strategy to implement their project idea. The result is a project plan, which describes a useful idea and a feasible way to implement it out of own strengths. The project plan is a binding agreement between teacher and a group of students and lays ground for the assessment.
- Implementation: This phase is purely defined by stages of the agreed project plan. During this phase, students are the driving force of their projects, supported by a coach and a group of subject matter experts
In 2022/2023, the stakeholder is Marleen Groenier (TechMed). Possible challenge will evolve around the application of (neuro)ergonomic and biomechanic principles to improve assessment and training for minimally invasive surgery.