Presentations by seven User Centric team members to be featured at HFES 2006

August 8, 2006

Presentations by seven User Centric staff members will be featured at the 50th annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) conference. For the 3rd year in a row, User Centric will be one of the proud sponsors of the HFES Annual Meeting.

Wendy Yee, Jessica Buttimer and Neha Pathak's paper, "20+ Applications in 8 Weeks: Lessons from Large-Scale 'Checkpoint' Usability Testing", will be presented at the conference along with Agnieszka Bojko, Kevin Buffardi, Gavin Lew (of User Centric) and Edmond Israelski's (of Abbott Labs) paper, “Eye Tracking Study on the Impact of the Manufacturer's Logo and Multilingual Description on Drug Selection Performance". Also, a new member of the User Centric team, Myriam Bikah, will present a paper which she co-authored called, "Evaluation of Human Vibration Thresholds at Various Body Loci".

The presentation by Yee, Buttimer and Pathak will focus on lessons learned during a complex usability testing project for a large technology organization. The session will outline the requirements involved in testing over twenty applications in an eight week period, including logistical, scheduling and reporting challenges. In addition to sharing the strategies and approaches actually implemented during this effort, the presentation will benefit audience members by providing recommendations and guidelines for conducting successful large-scale user research initiatives on their own.

The paper by Bojko, Buffardi, Lew and Israelski marks the seventh User Centric publication or presentation on eye tracking to be accepted by a major usability conference or journal. This presentation will describe a study that was conducted with standardized Abbott drug labels for domestic and international cartons. The objective of the study was to use eye tracking to determine the appropriateness of two label elements: an additional Abbott logo and a multilingual drug description. The presentation will describe the eye movement methods used and measures taken, as well as the results of the project, which indicated that the additional label elements could be safely introduced without hindering user performance.

Bikah, Hallbeck and Flowers' presentation will describe a study that was conducted at the University of Nebraska to investigate the underlying effect of stimulation site, subcutaneous fat, and gender on low frequency vibration perception thresholds. The outcome of this research will be used in the process of designing a vibrating neutron detector for homeland security personnel.

The 2006 HFES Conference will be held in San Francisco from October 16-20. For more about this event, please visit here.

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