EPFL+ECAL LAB AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS SOCIETY

Last week, the EPFL+ECAL Lab took part in the annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society / Europe Chapter, in Rome. The internationally recognised institution promotes the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. The 2017 meeting focused on “Varieties of interaction: from user experience to neuroergonomics“.

Three projects of EPFL+ECAL Lab were selected for presentation:

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Virtual Reality for learning

Speaker Carli Ochs, presented her work on the usefulness of Virtual Reality for learning which was conducted together with Andreas Sonderegger and Nicolas Henchoz. The piece of research explores the impact of a digital support on the learning process and elaborates on the reason why students learn better on a computer screen compared to a VR environment.

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Designing icons for efficient usability

How to design icons with more visual appeal, simplicity and concreteness? The first results of this research project on the development and evaluation of design standards to manipulate icon characteristics were presented by Romain Collaud, Lara Défayes, Siné McDougall, Irene Reppa, Nicolas Henchoz & Andreas Sonderegger.

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Measuring affective states 

Working on a tool to measure affective states, Andreas Sonderegger, together with Annelaure Blanc, Martina Studer and Jürgen Baumgartner, presented AniSAM and AniSmiley, two animated tools to assess affective states subjectively. 

More over the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society on www.hfes-europe.org