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|Title: ||A task based 'design for all' support tool|
|Authors: ||Marshall, Russell|
Gyi, Diane E.
Porter, J. Mark
|Issue Date: ||2001|
|Citation: ||MARSHALL et al, 2001. A task based 'design for all' support tool. IN: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, DCU, Dublin University|
|Abstract: ||The ‘Design for All’ philosophy promotes the development of products that meet the
requirements of a broader section of the population, including those who are older or disabled,
to minimise the need for bespoke designs and individual customisations. Such an approach
begins to meet the needs of a population containing an ever increasing proportion of these
excluded groups, whilst providing opportunities to manufacturers to maximise the available
market for any given product.
Most design activity embodies some form of task analysis that involves identifying
users and the tasks they perform. Computer based human modelling systems are becoming
increasingly important in this task analysis role combined with the established ergonomics
technique of fitting trials, in which a product or environment is evaluated through trials using
a carefully selected user group.
This research addresses the lack of existing data necessary for the accurate
representation of human form and capability in the older and disabled populations for use in
these modelling systems. A small-scale survey is being undertaken to collect this important
information. In addition, existing modelling systems in this area rely on expert ergonomics
knowledge in performing task based analysis, which in addition can be a time consuming and
repetitive task. Methods are being developed to streamline this process and to place the
emphasis on good design and ergonomics principles as opposed to ‘driving’ the system.
These methods involve the development of a simplified process for computer based task
analysis and a means of determining the percentage accommodated by any given design.
Further research will eventually focus on extending the data collection, refining the task
model and look at a means of suggesting design solutions in response to the analysis results.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers and Contributions (Design School)|
Conference Papers (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
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