Human factors research in human movement, mobility, and inclusive design
The Inclusive Mobility Research Lab conducts empirical human factors research into methods, measures and models for accessible and inclusive design of transportation technologies, services and built environments with the goal of improving community mobility.
Key areas of focus include engineering anthropometry, functional biomechanics, and analysis of human perception-cognition-movement capabilities in transportation-disadvantaged populations particularly older adults and people with disabilities.
HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING
A scientific discipline focused on integrating knowledge about human capabilities and limitations in the design of systems (e.g., hardware, software, processes) with the goal of optimizing system performance and human well-being.
An approach to design that emphasizes strategies for accommodating the full spectrum of diversity in human characteristics and capabilities, particularly people that are most vulnerable to design exclusion, such as older adults and individuals with disabilities.
The ability to plan and move around in the community using reliable, independent and affordable modes of either public, private and/or active transportation in order to achieve one’s goals of participation and engagement in the community.
Design Guidelines for Wheeled Mobility Accessibility
A suite of data-driven design tools for wheeled mobility accessibility in the built environment derived using anthropometry data of different wheeled mobility devices and device users.
Accessible design of automated vehicles
A series of laboratory and field-based human factors studies to support the accessible and inclusive design of emerging shared automated vehicles for promoting community mobility and social participation in older adults and people with disabilities.
Obstacle Clearance Performance in Individuals with High Body Mass Index
Lim, S. et al. (2023) Applied Ergonomics. Vol. 106 (2023)
The Impact of COVID-19 and Pandemic Mitigation Measures on Persons with Sensory Impairment
Bernard, A. et al. (2022) American Journal of Ophthalmology. 234 (February 2022)
Vehicle Performance Analysis of a Wheelchair Accessible Autonomous Electric Shuttle
Rohas, J. F. et al. (2022) SAE Technical Paper 2022-01-5037. 2022
Wheeled Mobility Use on Accessible Fixed-Route Transit: A Field Study in Environmental Docility
Lim, S. et al. (2021) International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (6)
Accessibility Retrofit of a Shared Automated Vehicle: Challenges and Lessons Learned
Tabattanon, K. et al. (2021) 65th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Baltimore, MD, October 2021