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Ergonomic Product Design Evaluation Research

Ergonomic Interface Design
 Evaluation Research

Work Environment Effects

The Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Laboratory is located in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, the NYS College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.

CUErgoLab is designed as a flexible facility for research work on usability, human performance, comfort, stress, health, environmental simulation and user preferences for all aspects of modern work environments.


CUErgoLab is well equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking, electrophysiological measurement, automatic postural assessment,  electrogoniometry, video-motion analysis, and environmental assessment equipment (heat, infrared photography, light, sound, electromagnetic), and performance and productivity assessment software. Researchers also work collaboratively with the supercomputer Visualization Group at the Cornell Theory Center on data visualization.


Research studies conducted to date include the following topics:

Ergonomic Product Design Evaluation Research

  • keyboarding systems, including new keyboard designs
  • keyboard platform systems.
  • mouse designs and other input devices.
  • furniture workstation designs.
  • chair design issues.
  • hand-operated devices.
  • computer monitor design and anti-glare filters

Ergonomic Interface Design Evaluation Research

  • web usability and design.
  • GUI usability and design.
  • visual information acquisition.
  • warnings, labels and instructional materials



Work Environment Effects

  • alternative ambient lighting systems, including daylight, artificial lighting systems, and ambient/task lighting system combinations.
  • alternative ventilation systems, including overhead versus under-floor delivery systems, and ambient/task ventilation system combinations.
  • indoor air quality variables, including fragrances and odors.
  • ambient thermal conditions.
  • privacy, communications and crowding issues with alternative furniture workstation layouts.
  • ambient noise effects.
  • environmental design variables, such as color, textures.
  • controllable ambient environment conditions.



The laboratory was created through a grant from New York State, and some equipment in the laboratory has been acquired by a grant from NSF and support from the New York State College of Human Ecology.

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We gratefully acknowledge support from the following organizations:

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