Human Environmental Factors Lab
Housed in the Department of Design and Merchandising, the Human Environmental Factors Lab focuses on functional and social systems as predictors of well-being in older adults. The lab is designed to accelerate the development, validation and adoption of advances in environments and technology for older adults and individuals living with physical and cognitive challenges. Students and faculty perform adaptable, state-of-the-art human factors research, as well as receive support in new pedagogical approaches in order to prepare a new generation of professionals in design, health care and the social sciences.
“We are so lucky to have the Human Environmental Factors Lab housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences as it opens up multiple opportunities for collaboration within our newly formed college. To date, the lab has promoted an exciting range of current and future interdisciplinary education and research in human factors design for aging and disability. Future research opportunities for the lab include integration of smart home and assistive technologies and other forms of Gerontechnology, the devices or systems such as artificial intelligence and robotics which will enable older adults and other vulnerable populations greater opportunities for increased autonomy in the home/care environment.”
Associate Professor, Design and Merchandising