Human behaviour analysis and modelling: A mixed method approach

Giuseppe Andreoni, Laura Anselmi, Fiammetta Costa, Marco Mazzola, Ezio Preatoni, Maximiliano Romero, Barbara Simionato

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Today the ergonomic assessment of objects and products is often treated with separation of the different components of the interaction: physical, sensory, subjective. This research aims to develop an integrated method and a protocol for the qualitative and quantitative study of motor functions for ergonomics. that is addressed to evaluation of strategies and efforts carried out by users in relation with products. In our case study these products are the home appliances and in particular the dishwater. Basic methodological approaches refer to biomechanics and product usability assessment techniques. The first one is based on the at measurement of angular excursions of the joints associated with the implementation of the human motion detectable in dedicated laboratory; the second methods rely on experiments with users and direct observations and questionnaires / interviews to quantify ease of use and user satisfaction by means of special scales of assessments carried out in usability laboratories. The integration of methods for a global and more comprehensive ergonomical assessment is the rationale of the research, that can then be used in proactive way in the early stages of development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Applied Digital Human Modeling
EditorsVincent Duffy
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781439835128
ISBN (Print)9781439835111
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2010


  • HMI assessment
  • Human behavior analysis
  • Observational methods
  • Quantitative movement analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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