Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough Design School

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Russell Marshall

Dr Russell Marshall

Senior Lecturer
Head of the Design Ergonomics Research Group

Tel +44 (0)1509 222669

Location LDS 2.11

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Russell Marshall, MEng, PhD, CEng, MIET, FHEA, is head of the Design Ergonomics Research Group and Programme Director for the Design Ergonomics BSc. He is a senior lecturer and holds a MEng in Product Design and Manufacture, and a PhD in Modular Product Design.  His research background spans design and ergonomics/human factors and includes digital human modelling, modular product design, and drawing and visualisation.

Russell worked as a Research Associate and Research Fellow on projects from 1997 to 2003 with Ford Motor Co, and both UK and EU funded projects covering interests ranging from inclusive design through to virtual engineering. He became a Lecturer in 2003 and a Senior Lecturer in 2009. He has over 18 years of research experience and 12 years of ergonomics consulting experience including work on product and vehicle interior packaging assessment, anthropometry requirements, data collection and processing, and tool development for ergonomics evaluations.

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Russell’s research interests focus on the synergy between design and ergonomics / human factors.  He has been Principle Investigator and Co-Investigator on research projects with total funding over two million pounds since 2004, with funding secured from a variety of sources across government, research councils, and industry.

Research interests cover a broad range of topics within Product, Industrial and Engineering Design including: Digital Human Modelling and tools and techniques for facilitating and empowering designers in human-centred design practice; Inclusive and Universal Design; Ergonomics and Human Factors in design, Modular product design, and Drawing and Visualisation.

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Russell is principal developer of SAMMIE the digital human modelling system. Initially developed by Professor Keith Case at Nottingham University and then at Loughborough in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Since 1999 development and exploitation has been led by Russell together with Dr Steve Summerskill in the Design School.

SAMMIE is the embodiment of ongoing research into digital human modelling, anthropometry, ergonomics, workplace and product design, biomechanical analysis, vision assessment, and universal design. The most recent work includes the development of a new volumetric field of view projection technique to support the modelling of blind spots. Other notable developments includes the support of digital human modelling for inclusive design through HADRIAN.  HADRIAN was the outcome of part of the AUNT-SUE project and provides a database of over 100 people, the majority of whom are older or with some form of disability.  This database can be conceived as a virtual user group who can be asked to perform tasks within the SAMMIE system to evaluate existing or new designs for their level of accommodation.

Russell is also co-director of TRACEY: drawing and visualisation research, at Loughborough University. TRACEY combines an online peer-reviewed journal with a project space and management of the International Drawing Research Network (DRN).

Read more on SAMMIE, AUNT-SUE, HADRIAN, and the Design Ergonomics Research Group.


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