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OERC 2015 Areas of Interest
NOTE: The research priorities are presented in random order. Position on the list does not indicate importance, and all topics should be considered as of equal interest to OERC.
What is the ergonomic impact of ultra-low travel keyboards (<1.5mm) on outcomes such as usability, comfort, etc?
What are the ergonomic impacts of new technology interaction methods such as gesture, eye-tracking, voice and multi-modal input?
a. How do new interactions interact with social / cultural interactions (e.g. shared workspaces with/ gesture & voice)?
b. Is there an optimal combination of new input technologies that maximizes user performance and or comfort?
What is the ergonomic impact (physical and or cognitive) of wearable displays?
What is the ergonomic impact of new display technologies such as high resolution, curved, high dynamic range, and higher refresh rates?
What are the ergonomic effects of the use of multiple monitors and or very large monitors on user performance and or comfort?
What is the pattern and context of use of portable devices: how much are they used, and how can it be quantitatively described?
What are the postural ergonomic issues associated with the increasing use and re-distribution of work across mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and undocked notebooks?
What are the ergonomic impacts of new computing form factors and or designs, with regard to risk factors of use, i.e. injury risk, such as tradeoffs in size for usability, screen size vs. ability to hold and comfort, and weight to grip force and or torque?
What are the recommendations regarding sit/stand with regard to frequency and duration, transitions from sit to stand and are there limits to the frequency or duration of sitting or standing?
Are there different ergonomic effects of standing biased, platform, height adjustable tables, etc. for sit/stand work?
Are there increased ergonomic risks associated with the use of unassigned workspaces (e.g. physical accommodation of diverse users in drop-in spaces or hot-desking work environments) and if so, what solutions might be implemented?
What are the ergonomic and productivity implications of collaborative and non-traditional work environments (such as work lounges, team rooms, huddle rooms) where one element of the workspace is shared (such as technology and/or furniture) but cannot accommodate all the users?
How can the ergonomics of workstation design support in-person or face-to-face collaborative activities (as distinct from physically disparate activities)?
What methods are there to measure productivity with different businesses or worker type?
How do age, culture or generational differences affect exposure and expectations with regard to ergonomics in the workplace?