2020 certainly delivered its own curveball challenges on many working fronts and trying to do Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from the bedroom or kitchen table was certainly "interesting". In this podcast, I am joined by Martin Thody, who is the CIEHF CPD lead, to talk about what CPD looked like last year and what we can learn from it in 2021. Martin is no stranger to the podcast, and in the back catalogue there are other episodes where you can find out more about his background. This podcast aims to kick of the 2021 series with good habits and useful discussion. Having said that, apologies for the sound quality of my side of the interview, clearly I didn't have the setup quite right in the office.
We breathe it every day and are very aware of the larger issues of air pollution and the future effect on humanity. But what about the day to day, what does it do to the performance of the human body and how should we be measuring it? Professor Paul Lewis, an expert who not only lectures at Swansea University but also advises the Welsh Government on Air pollution gives us an insight into the main issues we should be concerned about, ranging from the actual particulates to the modelling data that is used, as well as the legislation that is already present, and what is coming down the line. Jo Polson, MD of Vindico goes on to give us a glimpse of what he is doing to help us get ahead of the game in terms of sensor capability, but also drives the message home that the data is only the first step, its about what you do with it that counts, or as he would say, how do you #ThinkPurple with it? To contact Prof. Paul Lewis: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-lewis-4857588 To contact Jo Polson: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jopolson/
When this was recorded, it was the 1st birthday of this podcast, so Happy Birthday to us. There are precious few HF tools that are made with the input of HF practitioners who use them, but VAPS has been the mainstay of a number of my projects that rely on the ability to design an interface, implement it and for the embedded output to reflect what you started with. Matt Jackson has worked with Presagis for most of his career, but in that time, he has been embedded with clients to help them deliver the best results, as well as feed back to the VAPS development team just what the tool should do in the future. In this interview, Matt reflects on his role being sandwiched between his own Software team and us as HF practitioner clients, as well as putting a bit of light on standards such as ARINC 661.
Human Factors is applied to many domains, but perhaps one of the most challenging is the Space environment due to the very nature that it is not of this world. That, coupled with a challenge of a new space race, firstly with the mission to Mars, but also the commercialisation of the sector, makes working there a very exciting place. But it also helps to have the right people doing the right job. In this episode, I interview 3 HF Practitioners from Johnson Space Centre (JSC) who are largely focused on the Orion spacecraft which is part of the wider Artemis programme, they are: Sarah Margerum -- anthropometry/bio-mechanics and modelling human factors https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-margerum-0116818/ Jason Hutt -- Orion Crew Systems Integration (and liaison to Human Engineering team) https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-hutt-2b0a1828/ William Foley -- Leading Orion Human Engineering team https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-foley-26b19510/ They give us an insight into the challenges that they are dealing with, as well as the Human Factors capability they have at their fingertips. Its also worth highlighting that the team they outline is only at JSC, there is also another (vast) team at Kennedy Space Centre (KSC).
One of the areas where Human Factors is getting more traction is within the Healthcare sector. It is still a slow burner though with lots more work to be done, and this is getting more urgent as new technologies are available to make procedures and processes better and potentially support more effective patient outcomes. Dr Mark Sujan has taken this challenge head on by launching the Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health Special Interest Group with the CIEHF. In this episode, we find out more about Mark and his motivations, as well as what his intentions for the SIG are. The Link to Marks LinkedIn is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-sujan-951202185 And his consultancy, Human Factors Everywhere is here: http://humanfactorseverywhere.com/
Many practitioners believe that working on Trials and Assessments, where equipment and systems that have been designed and developed are tested with users, are some of the most enjoyable parts of being involved in Human Factors. You get to see kit actually being used and getting feedback, both positive and negative, and discussing with them what can be done to improve the product. Vicki Wall is a Fellow of the CIEHF, and has over 20 years experience of being a practitioner, primarily in the defence sector where she has participated and led a wide variety of trials and assessments. In this episode, we discuss the differences between industrial assessments and academic trials, as well as the key things to remember as well as where to go for tools and techniques to use. We also talk about how she got into Human Factors via a newspaper advert which kick-started a career which currently sees her at BAE Systems. One of the references we talk about is the Human Factors Methods book, by Stanton et al - can be found on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Human-Factors-Methods-Neville-Stanton/dp/1409457540 Vicki also wrote an article in the Ergonomist in 2018 (No. 568), where she talks about how HF has impacted military aviation.
Steve Harmer is the Human Factors capability lead for BMT Defence and Security. He was the winner of the "H Rowbotham Award for Outstanding Contribution to HFI" in 2015, and possibly his most rewarding role was being Barry's first line manager when they worked at BAE Systems in 2004......(Steve may disagree...) Whilst starting with an Engineering Degree, we learn why he moved to Human Factors, and has never looked back. He is now the co-chair of the new CIEHF Defence Sector Group and we find out how the group came to being. We also look into the future and the technology challenges in HF. You can contact Steve through Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-harmer-4ba7115
This podcast is more of a case study, looking at the phenomenon that is the "Frontline 3D Farms" where Rob Venus and Dr Dimitris Pletsas reacted to the drastic need for PPE to make it to the NHS Frontline. In discussion with both of them, we find out that this could just be the start of something disruptive and a game changer when it comes to collaboration between Community, Government, Industry and Academia. The Farms have produced over 14,000 face masks, from a standing start, through a community enterprise. It has involved a wide range of elements, from design and development, to fundraising and logistics. What makes it more incredible is that most of the participants have never met, except on whatsapp. If you have a need for face masks or to learn more , please visit Amman Valley Maker Space on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/AMMANVMS/ To donate to the cause, then follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/amman-valley-support-for-coronavirus
Amanda Kirby is a systems engineer and the research director of K Sharp. Whilst somewhat of a captive interviewee, she details her career path, and what drove her to engage in a traditionally male dominated workspace. We then discuss how the internet has influenced the lockdown, with both the positive use of various tools that have enabled community activity, and the negatives of conspiracy theories and cyber crime. Amanda's Linkedin is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-kirby-2a5ba32/
Many of us have been working at home for a week or so now, and perhaps the novelty is starting to wear off. In the coming weeks is when we will be at most risk of damaging ourselves, because we are "making do" at our dining table, bedroom or home office. To help steer us in the right direction, Kirsty Angerer, The Travelling Ergonomist took some time out to share with us some top tips, with a look at behaviours and culture as much as the specifics. More advice can be found from Kirsty on her website - https://thetravellingergonomist.com/ She is also very contactable on social media such as Linkedin and Twitter, just search for The Travelling Ergonomist. She also hosts her own podcast, The Travelling Ergonomist, and is one of the podcasts that inspired me to launch this one. Hopefully when life settles down again, we will collaborate on more topics :-)
Meeting the man with the mission of navigating the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors through the next five years. Dr Noorzaman Rashid is the recently appointed Chief Executive and has a mission to take the Institute through the next part of its journey. Noorzaman took some time to sit down with Barry prior to one of the Council meetings to discuss his background, his drive and motivation as well as an overview of the strategy for the next 5 years. Noorzaman can be found on linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noorzamanrashid
Susan Buckle is the Education and Outreach Manager at the UK Space Agency. This is on the back of an enviable career at the European Space Agency. In this interview she talks about the role of Human Factors in astronaut training, working with Tim Peake, and using Space as a motivation to get more young people into STEM and STEAM subjects. Susan's LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanbuckle1
This episode looks at the evolution of Automation and in particular some of the things we should be considering from the Human Factors Viewpoint. Dr Malcolm Cook joined me during his lunch-break to explore the perils and potential of Autonomy. To contact Malcolm about the topics he has talked about, his LinkedIn Profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-malcolm-cook-58424624
This podcast is timed to coincide with the start of the CPD year and brings together two experts in CPD who are also involved with the CPD assessment process for the CIEHF. Martin Thody returns to bring his experience and is joined by Julia Clarke and brings her experience from the health sector where good quality CPD is not only a nice to have but a necessity for progression. This podcast is not the official opinion of the CIEHF and is only the opinion of the participants. Julia mentions Gibbs reflective model, an overview of that can be found here: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/reflective-cycle.htm
This episode looks at the issues surrounding the application of Human Factors in the Nuclear Industry. Barry talks with Grant Hudson, the Head of Human Factors at Cavendish Nuclear. He finds out more about Grants career, ambitions as well as looking in detail at the challenges of delivering HF in the Civil Nuclear environment. Most interestingly we discover what he wants to do with a Washing Machine. Grants Linkedin profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/grantpublic1
In this episode, Barry starts exploring how Human Factors techniques are being used, perhaps where we don't expect. Taking the interview complexity up a notch, he interviews both Phil Nutley and Chris Avis from CCD Design & Ergonomics. They are utilising both Service Design and Human Factors, taking the best of the tools and methods from both disciplines to deliver positive user experiences. This interview explores how both came from different backgrounds to their current roles, and how the crossover of disciplines delivers for clients and users. Both Phil and Chris can be contacted via email at Hello@DesignbyCCD.com or at https://www.designbyccd.com/
With the calling of a General Election, Barry looks back at some research he started after the 2017 General Election, where he explored the notion that voting intention could be…