The Design Ergonomics Group has a strong international reputation in research across a broad range of areas including; inclusive design, transport and particularly vehicle ergonomics, health and wellbeing, construction ergonomics, human modelling and people’s emotional engagement with products. The group’s research and consultancy activities impact industry and end users, making a positive difference to people’s lives.
Areas of expertise
- Digital human modelling
- Anthropometry (measuring human size and shape)
- Vehicle interior packaging
- Human machine interface design and evaluation (product interaction / interface design)
- Designing for diverse populations: ageing, disability, plus size, etc.
- Workplace ergonomics (designing products and workplaces to meet the needs and wants of people)
- Product personalisation
- User needs and aspirations
Project: Accessibility and User Needs in Transport for Sustainable Urban Environments (AUNT-SUE)
Toolkit to understand users travel needs in the urban environment
Project: Building healthy construction workers: better by workplace design
Investigating the role of older, experienced workers in healthy design in the construction workplace
Driving's a pain
Project: Driving out back pain in business drivers
The development and evaluation of a Driving Ergonomics tool specifically targeted at managing the risks of ill health in business drivers
Project: Elite to High Street (E2HS)
Investigating the possibility of personalised sports shoes
Evaluating grass cutting
Project: Ergonomics and Usability Evaluation of a Range of Ride-on Grass Cutting Machinery
An ergonomics and usability evaluation of a range of ride-on grass cutting machinery produced by Ransomes Jacobsen
Project: FIH Project HG: User Experience
Evolving the hockey game for modern players & audiences
Re-inventing the toilet
Project: A competition set by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to reinvent the toilet
Identifying Truck blind-spots to reduce road accidents
Project: Defining a direct vision standard for trucks
The project aims to define a method to test how big the blind spots are for trucks on UK roads. We will use the information to determine which trucks are not suitable for city centre environments where the size of blind spots cause accidents with vulnerable road users.
Project: Towards an understanding of Pleasure: RealPeople
Identifying aspects of products that bring pleasure to users
Project: Understanding Direct & Indirect Driver Vision in Heavy Goods Vehicles
Redesigning the HGV to save lives in London
- Schwarz-Müller, F., Marshall, R., & Summerskill, S. (2017). Development of a positioning aid to reduce postural variability and errors in 3D whole body scan measurements. Applied Ergonomics, 68(April 2018), 90-100. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2017.11.001
Karali, S., Gyi, D.E. and Mansfield, N.J. (2016). Driving a better driving experience: A questionnaire survey of older compared with younger drivers. Ergonomics, 59, 533-540. Doi: 10.1080/00140139.2016.1182648.
Karali, S., Mansfield, J.M. and Gyi, D.E. (2017). An approach to vehicle design: In-depth audit to understand the needs of older drivers. Applied Ergonomics, 60, 461-470. Doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.07.017.
Eaves S., Gyi D.E., Gibb A. (2016) Building healthy construction workers: Their views on health, wellbeing and better workplace design. Applied Ergonomics, 2016; 54, 10-18. Doi: 10/1016/j.apergo.2015.11.004.
Marshall, R., & Sawdon, P. (2016). Toward [Hyper] Drawing… Through Ambiguity. Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1(2), 173-196. doi:10.1386/drtp.1.2.173_1
Marshall, R., Summerskill, S., Case, K., Hussain, A., Gyi, D., Sims, R., . . . Barnes, J. (2016). Supporting a Design Driven Approach to Social Inclusion and Accessibility in Transport. Social Inclusion, 4(3). doi:10.17645/si.v4i3.521
Case, K., Marshall, R., & Summerskill, S. J. (2016). Digital human modelling over four decades. International Journal of the Digital Human, 1(2), 112-130. doi:10.1504/IJDH.2016.077408
- Summerskill, S. J., Marshall, R., Cook, S., Lenard, J., & Richardson, J. (2015). The use of volumetric projections in Digital Human Modelling software for the identification of large goods vehicle blind spots. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society, 53(Part A), 267-280. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2015.10.013
- Hussain, A., Case, K., Marshall, R., & Summerskill, S. J. (2015). Joint mobility and inclusive design challenges. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 53, 67-79. doi:10.1016/j.ergon.2015.10.001
- Barnes, J. S., Morris, A. P., Welsh, R., Summerskill, S., Marshall, R., Kendrick, D., Bell, J. (2015). Injuries to older users of buses in the UK. Public Transport.
- 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.
- Spencer, J, Lilley, D, Porter, S., (2015). The implications of cultural differences in laundry behaviours for design for sustainable behaviour: A case study between the UK, India and Brazil, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, ISSN: 1939-7038. DOI:10.1080/19397038.2015.1017621.
- Summerskill, S. J., Marshall, R., Cook, S., Lenard, J., & Richardson, J. (2015). The use of volumetric projections in Digital Human Modelling software for the identification of large goods vehicle blind spots. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society.
- Marshall, R., Cook, S., Mitchell, V., Summerskill, S., Haines, V., Maguire, M., Case, K. (2013). Design and evaluation: End users, user datasets and personas. Applied Ergonomics. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2013.03.008
- 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.
- Porter CS, Chhibber S, Porter JM, (2008). What makes you tick - an investigation of the pleasure needs of different population segments ,Editors Desmet, A PM, Erp V, J, Karlsson, Eds M, Book title Design and Emotion Moves, Pp. p324-361, Publication date 2008, ISBN-13 978-1443800167, Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
- Head M, Porter CS, (2011). Developing a collaborative design toolkit for the personalisation of running shoes, Journal Design Principles and Practices, Volume 5, Issue 6, Pp. 303-325, Publication date 2011, ISSN 1833-1874
- Porter, C.S., Porter, J.M. and Chhibber, S., (2007). ''RealPeople; capturing the emotions of product users'', in Meeting Diversity in Ergonomics, Pikar, R. (ed), Elsevier Books, September 2007, pp 187-208, ISBN 978-0-0804-5373-6
- Porter, C.S., Desmet, P.M.A., Signes, M.J., Sperling, L., Ozcan, E. and Tito, M., (2006). ''ENGAGE: designing for emotion'', Proceedings of IEA2006 Congress, Pikaar, R.N., Koningsveld, E.A.P. and Settels, P.J.M. (eds), Elsevier, International Ergonomics Association Triennial Congress, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 2006, ISSN: 0003-6870, [CD-ROM]