IE 507, Human-Centered Design Graduate Seminar

Winter Term 2017

Course Information

The purpose of the Human-Centered Design Graduate Seminar is to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the University whose research focuses on discovering human physical and mental characteristics, capabilities and limitations, understanding human interaction with the built environment, and designing systems, devices, and environments to enhance human performance, safety, comfort, and pleasure. The seminar will consist of a series of presentations by OSU faculty, their advanced graduate students, and HCD professionals, to give an overview of the field and of opportunities for research and practice.

1 credit (1 hour seminar per week)

Meeting Time and Location

F 1400-1450 in GLSN 100

Instructor: Dr. Ken Funk

Phone: 541-737-2357
Office: Rogers 212
Office Hours: MWF 1600-1700,
or when the door is open,
or by appointment

Course Activities

In the Seminar, Human-Centered Design faculty and graduate students will present their research and describe their laboratories and courses.


There are two requirements to pass this course:

  1. Attend all meetings (one unexcused absence allowed).
  2. One of the following:
    1. A presentation to the Seminar (for those students whose major professors have made arrangements for presentations with the instructor).
    2. A conference-style poster on HCD-related research that is proposed, in progress, or recently completed, to be presented at a poster session during the final exam period.

Disabilities Information

Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations. [Updated 28 April 2016.]

Academic Honesty

In this course, you will naturally be held to high standards of academic honesty, and any dishonest acts will be dealt with firmly. The following is adapted from the OSU Student Conduct Regulations website. For further information, please refer to

Academic or Scholarly Dishonesty is defined as an act of deception in which a Student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work or research, either through the Student's own efforts or the efforts of another. It includes:

  • CHEATING - use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, or an act of deceit by which a Student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, using prohibited materials and texts, any misuse of an electronic device, or using any deceptive means to gain academic credit.
  • FABRICATION - falsification or invention of any information including but not limited to falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
  • ASSISTING - helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes but is not limited to paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's grades or academic records, taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else by any means, including misuse of an electronic device. It is a violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an educational assignment to another person.
  • TAMPERING - altering or interfering with evaluation instruments or documents.
  • PLAGIARISM - representing the words or ideas of another person or presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's own, or using one's own previously submitted work. Plagiarism includes but is not limited to copying another person's work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one's own.

Any acts of academic dishonesty in this course will be handled initially by the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering. Any such matters not quickly resolved will also be referred to the Student Conduct Coordinator for action under Oregon Revised Statute 351.070.


Subject to change.



Week 1: Fri 13 Jan Introduction and Overview
Week 2: Fri 20 Jan David Nembhard, Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering
Week 3: Fri 27 Jan Mike Pavol, Biological and Population Health Sciences
Week 4: Fri 3 Feb Cindy Grimm, Robotics
Week 5: Fri 10 Feb Margaret Burnett, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Week 6: Fri 17 Feb David Hurwitz, Civil and Construction Engineering
Week 7: Fri 24 Feb HFES Student Chapter
Week 8: Fri 3 Mar Julie Adams, Robotics
Week 9: Fri 10 Mar John Gambatese, Civil and Construction Engineering
Week 10: Fri 17 Mar Michael Slater and the Machine Learning Group, EECS
Finals Week:
Wed 22 Mar 1200-1350
Poster Session in GLSN 100


Last update: 15 March 2017