IE 507, Human-Centered Design Graduate Seminar

Spring Term 2018

Course Information

The purpose of the Human-Centered Design Graduate (HCD) Seminar is to bring together graduate students and faculty from around the University whose research is related to HCD, whether it be in discovering human characteristics and capabilities, understanding human interaction with the built environment, or designing systems and environments to enhance human performance, safety, comfort, and pleasure. The seminar will consist of a series of presentations by OSU faculty, advanced HCD graduate students, and HCD professionals, to give an overview of the field and of opportunities for study, research, and practice.

1 credit (1 hour seminar per week)

Meeting Time and Location

F 1300-1350 in BAT 144

Instructor: Dr. Ken Funk

Phone: 541-737-2357
Office: Rogers 212
Office Hours: M 1400-1500,
W 1600-1700,
F 1400-1500,
or when the door is open,
or by appointment.

Course Activities

In the Seminar, Human-Centered Design faculty and advanced 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. Prepare a conference-style poster on your HCD-related research and present it at the Seminar poster session, to be held in lieu of a final exam (see the Schedule). If you have not begun any HCD-related research, you may instead submit a 2- to 3-page research prepropsal in a format acceptable to your major professor.

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

It is the expectation of the instructor that any work you submit for this course is the product of your own abilities and efforts with respect to that work. You are free to discuss it with anyone, including other members of the class, and to consult any other honorable sources, but what you submit must represent your own thoughts and be in your own words, except in those parts of the work where you credit the original sources by proper citation. You are also subject to OSU's CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT, especially section 4.2, which defines and prohibits specific classes of academic misconduct. Any evidence that any of these expectations have not been met will prompt an inquiry, and if the findings support the conclusion that they have not, an academic misconduct report will be filed.


Subject to change.



Week 1: Fri 6 April Seminar Introduction and Overview
Week 2: Fri 13 April Dr. Onan Demirel, Salman Ahmed, and Karina Roundtree, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering: Digital Human Modeling for Design
Week 3: Fri 20 Apri Dr. Anita Sarma, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Open Source Barriers to Entry: A SocioTechnical Perspective
Week 4: Fri 27 April Dr. Jay Kim and Kianna Kia, Environmental and Occupational Health: Current Research at OSU's Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory
Week 5: Fri 4 May Dr. John Gambatese, Civil and Construction Engineering: Predicting High-Impact, Low Frequency Injuries
Week 6: Fri 11 May Jamison Heard, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Human-Robotic Interaction
Week 7: Fri 18 May Dr. Cindy Grimm and John Morrow, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering: Learning From Humans: Teaching Robots How to Pick Up Objects
Week 8: Fri 25 May Dr. Kenneth Funk, Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, and Steven Hattrup, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering: Human Factors in aviation, healthcare, emergency management, and work design
Week 9: Fri 1 June Dr. Jason McCarly, School of Psychological Science: Signal Detection Models of Human-Human and Human-Automation interaction
Week 10: Fri 8 June Jessica Armstrong, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering: Gathering information-Rich Customer Needs
Finals Week:
Mon 11 June 1200-1350
Poster Session in room BAT 144


Last update: 4 June 2018