Human Factors Engineering at the University of Michigan

  • Designing Systems, Products and Services to Make them Easier, Safer, and More Effective for Human Use

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    Anywhere there is a person using a system, human factors engineering concepts inevitably apply. This human factors engineering training program provides hands-on user interface design experience for anyone looking to improve their organization through proven user interface evaluation techniques.

    This two-week human factors course, now in its 57th year, concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human factors topics important to designers and researchers. Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications.

    Small Group, Hands-on User Centered Design Experience Training

    • Get an insider's view of human factors engineering
    • Gain experience and training in usability testing, user-centered design, and user interface evaluation
    • Select special topics of interest to you from 14 seminars and workshops

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  • Components

    Week One

    • Manual Task Analysis
    • Introduction to Human Factors
    • Human Vision
    • Visual Displays
    • Perception, Memory and Cognition
    • Anthropometry
    • Occupational Biomechanics
    • Motor Skills and Manual Controls
    • Situation Awareness
    • Automation
    • Workload
    • Human Error

    Week Two

    • Trends in Human-Computer Interaction
    • Software Human Factors
    • Screen and Widget Design
    • User Interface Evaluation Methods
    • Usability Testing
    • Web Interface Design
    • Cognitive Task Analysis
    • GOMS Task Analysis
    • Advanced Displays
    • Environmental Ergonomics
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Speech Interfaces
    • Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
    • Inclusive Design
    • How to Apply Human Factors Material
  • Program Leader

    Paul Green, Ph.D.

    Paul Green, Ph.D.

    Human Factors Engineering Program Leader
    Research Professor, Transportation Research Institute
    Research Professor, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering,
    University of Michigan
    Email:, telephone +1 (734) 763-3795

    Dr. Green teaches automotive human factors and human-computer interaction classes. A leader of U-M's Human Factors Engineering Short Course for twenty-five years, he is also the past president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

    He leads a research team that focuses on driver distraction, driver workload and workload managers, navigation system design, and motor-vehicle controls and displays. The research makes extensive use of instrumented cars and UMTRI's driving simulator. Dr. Green has led the development and managed all three generations of the simulator for more than a dozen years.

    His research has been published in approximately 200 journal articles, proceedings papers, and technical reports. He was the lead author of several landmark publications: the first set of U.S. DOT telematics guidelines and SAE recommended practices concerning navigation system design (SAE J2364, the 15-second rule) and design compliance calculations (SAE J2365).

    Before joining UMTRI, Dr. Green was an engineering staff member at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and a safety and health engineer for Scovill. At U-M, he has held appointments in the Department of Psychology, the School of Art (Industrial Design), and the School of Information. He has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and three degrees from U-M: an M.S.E. in IOE, an M.A. in psychology, and a joint Ph.D. in IOE and psychology.

    Program Instructors

    • Deborah Boehm-Davis, Ph.D.
      Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University
    • Bruce Bradtmiller, Ph.D.
      Owner and President, Anthrotech
    • Neil Charness, Ph.D.
      Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
    • Richard Jagacinski, Ph.D.
      Professor of Psychology, Ohio State University
    • Debra Jones
      Principal Research Associate, SA Technologies
    • Richard Hughes, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery; Biomedical Engineering; Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
    • Clayton Lewis, Ph.D.
      Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado
    • Mark Newman, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
    • Nadine Sarter, Ph.D.
      Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan
    • F. Jacob Seagull, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan
    • Douglas Wiegmann, Ph.D.
      Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • Who Should Attend

    This course is intended for engineers, psychologists, medical professionals, managers, and others interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability. Attendees typically work for industry, government, or the military.

    • Human factors specialist
    • Human factors engineer
    • Human factors psychologist
    • Engineering psychologist
    • Usability engineer
    • User experience engineer
    • Usability analyst
    • Ergonomist
    • Ergonomics engineer
    • Safety engineer
    • Forensic expert
    • Training needs analyst
    • Systems/integration engineer

    Many participants are not human factors specialists, but mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, psychologists, and others for whom human use of systems is a concern.

    Program Fee

    $5,200* Covers the Two Week Program

    Fee includes tuition, instructional materials, continental breakfast, lunch and a coffee break each day. Fee is payable in advance.* Upon registration, you will receive email confirmation including directions to the program site and recommended lodging.

    * Fee subject to change. Pricing not valid for onsite or custom programs.
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  • Decision Making and Cognitive Task Analysis 

    Lecture excerpt from Human Factors Engineering 2015
    Professor Deborah Boehm-Davis

    Design of Electronic Displays

    Lecture excerpt from Human Factors Engineering 2015
    Professor Paul Green