Keyword: ‘decision making tools’

The use of humanoid glyphs in graphs for representing human variability in the spatial design of products

In Publications

Garneau, C. and Parkinson, M. (2013) Proceedings of the 2nd International Digital Human Modeling Symposium.

From simple color-coding to more intricate forms like the “Chernoff face”, glyphs are a means of visualizing multidimensional data. The spatial design of products for their users presents a unique opportunity for using glyphs as a visual metaphor for encoding data, chiefly due to the multivariate nature of many commonly encountered problems. Continue reading…

Techniques, tools, and representations for solving design problems considering anthropometry

In Publications

Garneau, C. (2012). Ph.D. dissertation.

The quality of available education, solution techniques, and tools for designers considering user body size in the development of products and environments varies widely. The objective of this work is to investigate the current state of affairs in these areas, propose new or improved methods and tools where appropriate, and evaluate these tools. Continue reading…

Visual analysis of user accommodation

In Publications

Garneau, C. J. and Parkinson, M. B. (2010). Proceedings of the 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Montreal, Quebec.

This study presents a novel, quantitative tool for design decision-making for products designed for human variability. Accommodation, which describes the ability of a user to interact with a device or environment in a preferred way, is a key product performance metric. Methods that offer a better understanding of accommodation of broad user populations would allow for the design of products that are more cost-effective, safer, and/or lead to greater levels of customer satisfaction. Continue reading…

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