UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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Title: Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor Program in Human Factors/Ergonomics (MSc-MA, PhD)
Joint program: Faculty represent the following departments/divisions: Civil Engineering; Computer & Information Science; Design, Housing & Apparel; Environmental & Occupational Health; Division of Kinesiology; Laboratory Medicine & Pathology; Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Psychology.
Granted last 3 years: PhD and MSc, Minor in Human Factors/Ergonomics 5
HFES student chapter: no
Program: Human factors/ergonomics is an interdisciplinary area of study focusing on the design, testing, and evaluation of human-machine systems. The program is administered through the Graduate School and is intended for PhD and MA/MS students. It provides an integrated set of courses that emphasize conceptual, empirical, and practical aspects of human factors/ergonomics. For PhD students in kinesiology, the program serves as an area of emphasis or concentration. For students outside kinesiology, the program serves to complement doctoral and master's training in traditional disciplines as a foundation for diverse career opportunities in the field, and to promote interaction among graduate students and faculty involved in human factors/ergonomics.
Contact: Dir. Graduate Studies, University of Minnesota, 111 Cooke Hall, 1900 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612/626-2094, fax 612/626-7700
Catalog: (free) Thomas Stoffregen, Thomas Smith, or Michael G. Wade, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, 226 Cooke Hall, 1900 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Deadlines: 12/15 (fall)
Fee: varies depending on department and college
Other: Limited to students enrolled in a graduate program in their major discipline. Undergraduate requirements and weights given to various admission criteria may vary depending on the major department/college.
Students applying last year: 1
Entered program: 5
Openings/year: permission of Director
TUITION AND FEES:
Varies according to college.
Resident: $4,374 (6-14 credits)
Nonresident: $7,924 (6-14 credits)
Depends on program provisions of student's major department and college.
MSc: 10 units, no exams (except as required by major dept), no languages, research and practical experience requirements depending on the individual student, 1-2 years
Nonthesis option: yes
PhD: 16 units, no exams (except as required by major dept), no languages, research and practical experience requirements depending on the individual student, 1-2 years
Required courses (units): Foundations of Human Factors/Ergonomics (3), Proseminar in Human Factors/Ergonomics (3), Special Topics in HF (2-4)
Electives: Human-Centered Design: Principles and Applications (3), Human Factors Physiology (3), Human Factors Psychology (3). Computer & Information Sciences: User Interfaces & Programming (4), Algorithms & Data Structures II (4), Artificial Intelligence I (4), Human-Computer Interaction & User Interface Technology (3), Computer Vision (4), Expert Systems (3), Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence (4), Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Robotics (4), Psychology of Human-Machine Interaction (4), Human Abilities (4), Psychology of Individual Behavior in Organizations (4), Engineering Psychology (4), Work Motivation (8). Introduction to Work Analysis (4), Quality Control & Reliability (4), Introduction to HF Engineering (4), HF in System Design (4), Industrial Safety (4), Design & Analysis of Experiments (4), Industrial Engineering Research I & II (6-10). Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Analysis & Synthesis of Mechanism Systems (3-4). Kinesiology: Advanced Biomechanics (4), Applied Physiology (3), HF Physiology (3), Motor Learning & Human Performance (3), Biomechanics of Sport Safety (3), Seminar: Motor Learning & Human Performance (3-9), Biomechanics Research Techniques (3), Research Problems (1-9). Physiology: Properties of Sensory Receptor Systems (4), Spinal Cord Physiology & Motor Control (4).
Class size: varies
Research facilities: HF Research Lab (T. Stoffregen, dir.): Perception and action in virtual environments, including research on visual performance, posture, driving, and motion sickness in virtual environments. Moving room (optical flow simulator), helmet-mounted virtual environment system, 360-degree wrap-around driving simulator.
Teaching: Opportunities depend on the department, adviser, and lab with which both student and faculty adviser are affiliated.
Current research: Postural instability and motion sickness (cybersickness) in head-mounted virtual environments, task-specific use of optical flow in the control of stance, postural support for visual performance in human-computer interaction, studies of advanced warning systems on simulated driving performance, aging effects on driving performance.
Active: 3 men, 2 women
Mean scores: n/a
John Carmody, MA 1995, U Minnesota; civil engineering
Arthur Erdman, PhD 1971, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; mechanical and industrial engineering
Lael C. Gatewood, PhD 1971, U Minnesota; laboratory medicine and pathology
Susan G. Gerberich, PhD 1980, U Minnesota; environmental and occupational health
Denise A. Guerin, PhD 1988, Michigan State U; design, housing, apparel
Joseph A. Konstan, PhD 1993, UC Berkeley; computer science and information
Victor Koscheyev, PhD 1976, Moscow Institute of Biophysics, kinesiology
Karen L. Labat, PhD 1988, U Minnesota; design, housing, apparel
Gordon E. Legge, PhD 1976, Harvard U; psychology
Shashi Shekar, PhD 1989, UC Berkeley; computer and information science
Thomas J. Smith, PhD 1977, U Wisconsin-Madison; kinesiology
Thomas Stoffregen, PhD 1984, Cornell U; kinesiology
Michael G. Wade, PhD 1970, U Illinois Urbana-Champaign; kinesiology