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Dr Diane Gyi

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Reader in Health Ergonomics and Design

Dr Diane Gyi’s health background and knowledge of theory and practice has allowed her to integrate health ergonomics into design, involving collaborations with over 50 organisations in grants to the value of over £3 million. Applications of her work have covered topics as diverse as vehicle seating design, inclusive design of smart technologies and transport usage by physically impaired people. She is passionate about embedding knowledge into industry through innovative training tools to encourage user/worker involvement in design decisions, for example www.drivingergonomics.com web resource (HSE and BUPA Foundation) and the Organiser for Working Life – OWL web resource www.workinglate-owl.org (NDA-JRC). Her research on driving ergonomics has also grown with funding from the DoH, BUPA Foundation and recently with Nissan through KTP, TSB and EPSRC DTG and CASE awards and her research in the area of inclusive design has been funded by the EPSRC since 1999.

Diane is a member of the Editorial Boards for both the Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and Applied Ergonomics. She was also full Editor for Applied Ergonomics (2007-2013) and on the ASD-STAN ‘Seats and in-flight entertainment’ European Standards Committee (2013-2015). Other positions currently held are a member of the CIEHF Education and Training Panel.

Awards include:

  • Excellent Paper Award (2014) in the Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, for a paper entitled ‘Combining foot scanning and additive manufacturing for the production of insoles: a case study’.
  • Awarded second prize (August 2013) as part of the Loughborough team, in an international competition to ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ set by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  (PI Prof. M Sohail).
  • Finalist in the Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year Award 2009 (Times Higher) with the ‘Elite to High Street’ team (PI Prof. N Hopkinson).
  • Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), Safety in Construction prize 2007, for a paper entitled ‘What causes construction accidents?’

Supervisor of award winning student projects: W. Jahns Student Award 2011 (major practice in Ergonomics); Ulf Aberg Award 2006 and 2007 (best PG project); Hywel Murrell Award 2006 (best UG student project).

  • DSA103 The Body at Work
  • DSA105 Introduction to Ergonomics
  • DSC112 Designing Products for People
  • DSP103 Human Function
  • DSC100 Project (undergraduate)
  • DSP100 Project (postgraduate)
  • DSP101 Introduction to Ergonomics

Design Ergonomics Research Group

Current and recently funded research projects include:

  • Smith J, Mansfield N, Gyi, D, Pagett M, Bateman B, 2015. Driving performance and driver discomfort in an elevated and standard driving position during a driving simulation. Applied Ergonomics, 49, 25-33.
  • Salles AS, Gyi DE, Schmeltzpfenning T, 2014. Combining dynamic foot scanning and additive manufacturing for the production of insoles: a case study. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, 18, 1-8.
  • Salles AS, Gyi DE, 2013. An evaluation of personalised insoles using additive manufacturing. Journal of Sports Science, 31,442-450.
  • Gyi DE, Sang KJC, Haslam CO, 2012. Participatory ergonomics: co-developing interventions to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal symptoms in business drivers. Ergonomics, 56, 45-58.
  • Sims RE, Marshall R, Gyi DE, Summerskill SJ, Case K, 2012. Collection of anthropometry from older and physically impaired persons: Traditional versus TC2 3-D body scanner. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42, 65-72.
  • Sang KJC, Gyi DE, Haslam, 2011. Stakeholder perspectives on managing the occupational health of UK business drivers: A qualitative approach. Applied Ergonomics, 42, 419-425.
  • Sims RE, Marshall R, Summerskill SJ, Case K, Gyi DE, Davis P, 2011. Involving older and disabled people in assessment of product, environment and service designs. Journal of Human Development, Disability and Social Change, 19, 25-35.
  • Sang KJC, Gyi DE, Haslam CO, 2010. Musculoskeletal symptoms in pharmaceutical sales representatives. Occupational Medicine, 60, 108-114.
  • Gyi DE, Cain R, Campbell RI, 2009. The value of computer-based representations in co-designing with older users. Journal of Engineering Design, 21, 305-313.
  • Gyi DE, Sims R, Porter JM, (2004). Representing older and disabled people in virtual user trials; data collection methods. Applied Ergonomics, 35, 4-12.
  • Eaves S, Gyi DE, Gibb AGF, 2016. Building healthy construction workers: their views on health, wellbeing and better workplace design. Applied Ergonomics, 10-18.

Key areas of expertise: vehicle seating design; driving ergonomics and health; participatory design; healthy ageing at work; inclusive design of products; construction health and safety; designing for diversity at work.