Marconi Research Conference 2014

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Conference Overview

The Marconi Research Conferences have focused on ergonomic and health issues concerning computer input devices and workstation design. The scope of this fifth conference is being expanded to encompass human performance in addition to health; mobile computing in addition to desktop computing; and future technology in addition to present computing systems. Speakers will share the latest research on risk factors and health outcomes associated with computerized office work, vision & displays, input & navigation in the graphical user interface, macroergonomics of the office environment, and the future of computer technologies in the workplace. The talks will discuss current state of knowledge, research findings or methods, and/or future research questions related to users' health, performance, and experiences. The conference schedule is paced to allow for introspective discussions - to foster collaboration between research disciplines.

Goals

* Learn about latest technology developments in the areas of computing, both desktop and mobile and both software and hardware.

* Foster communication and collaboration between technologists and health researchers.

* Draft research agenda of potential health issues associated with new technologies and how they might affect product design, workstation design, and communication between organizations and customers and employees.

* Encourage health researchers to draft grant proposals to OERC and government health organizations that connect future technologies with their health research interests and efforts.

Proceeding Papers

Review of integrated approaches in the work place
Nico Pronk

Update on the UE intervention review
Ben Amick

Equipment and furniture ergonomic standards in China
Chaoyi Zhao

Location of touch screens for balance between shoulder and neck loads
Matt Camilleri

Health effects of occupational sitting
Hidde van der Ploege

Reduction in BMI using treadmill desks
John Dinesh

The impact of sit-stand office workstations on worker discomfort and productivity
Jack Callaghan

Typing on virtual keyboards
Jeong Ho Kim Tornqvist

Developing a keyboard layout design tool for soft keyboards for thumb use
Matthieu Trudeau

Effect of tablet design features on security, fatigue and usability
Anna Pereira

 

Marconi Research Conference 2002

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Conference Overview

The Marconi Research Conferences have focused on ergonomic and health issues concerning computer input devices and workstation design. The scope of this fifth conference is being expanded to encompass human performance in addition to health; mobile computing in addition to desktop computing; and future technology in addition to present computing systems. Speakers will share the latest research on risk factors and health outcomes associated with computerized office work, vision & displays, input & navigation in the graphical user interface, macroergonomics of the office environment, and the future of computer technologies in the workplace. The talks will discuss current state of knowledge, research findings or methods, and/or future research questions related to users' health, performance, and experiences. The conference schedule is paced to allow for introspective discussions - to foster collaboration between research disciplines.

Goals

* Learn about latest technology developments in the areas of computing, both desktop and mobile and both software and hardware.

* Foster communication and collaboration between technologists and health researchers.

* Draft research agenda of potential health issues associated with new technologies and how they might affect product design, workstation design, and communication between organizations and customers and employees.

* Encourage health researchers to draft grant proposals to OERC and government health organizations that connect future technologies with their health research interests and efforts.

Proceeding Papers

Ecologies of everyday life
Charles Darrah

Health, sustainability and the office of the future
Vivian Loftness

Work system design: a macroergonomic approach to designing office environments
Michelle Robertson

Nano-niches: the ecology of concentration and interaction
Frank Becker

Prevalence and impact of computer associated upper extremity symptoms in college students
Jeffrey Katz

The state of the art in e-learning: ergonomics over the Internet
Robert Goldberg

A prospective study of musculoskeletal disorders among computer users
Fred Gerr

Physical and psychosocial risk indicators for musculoskeletal disorders among professional computer users
Ewa Wigaeus Tornqvist

The effect of mental demand and aging on performance and muscle activity during computer use
Bente Rona Jensen

Features of alternative computer keyboards: laboratory findings
Richard Marklin

Hand gestures associated with pain and discomfort
David Rempel

Human vision and computer vision syndrome
Jeffrey Anshel

Supporting the forearms in a neutral position when working with keyboard and mouse. Laboratory and field studies.
Arne Aars

Visual discomfort in VDU-users. Laboratory and field studies.
Gunnar Horgen

Meeting the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of people in hardware and software user interaction design
Ken Fry

Haptic technologies for computer pointing devices
Jack Dennerlein

Preliminary analyses from a survey on work-related use of notebook computers in the US
Carolyn Sommerich

Human performance in interactive systems: speed-accuracy metrics for pointing tasks and text entry tasks
Scott MacKenzie

Computer input: optimized design, modeling and futuristic exploration
Shumin Zhai

 
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Marconi Research Conference 1998

Estimating Muscle Load Using Surface EMG Amplitude

The purpose of the Marconi 98 Research Conference is to discuss the question: "Under what circumstances can surface EMG amplitude be used to estimate loads of upper extremity and neck muscles during the performance of precision tasks (e.g. use of a keyboard, monitor viewing, etc.)?"

The conference was held December 11 - 14, 1998 at the Marconi Center on the West coast of Marin County, CA near San Francisco. Researchers and practitioners are increasingly using sEMG amplitude to assess muscle load during work in order to evaluate the demands of jobs, tools, workstations and tasks. Muscle load may be related to performance, fatigue and injury; therefore, such measurements may have value in designing work in order to improve productivity and prevent discomfort and injury.

The conference is organized by David Rempel, MD, Ergonomics Program, University of California, San Francisco. The meeting is sponsored by the Office Ergonomics Research Committee.

 

Proceeding Papers

Estimating Muscle Load Using Surface EMG Amplitude: Introduction
David Rempel, M.D.

Surface EMG as a load estimator - Aspects on validity and reliability.
Goran Hagg, M.D.

The contribution of motor unit potentials to the surface EMG.
Roger Enoka, Ph.D.

Distribution of EMG activity over the upper trapezius muscle.
Chris Jensen, Ph.D.

Variability assessment of surface electromyographic data from trapezius and cervical ES muscles for maximum exertions and during performance of computer tasks.
Carolyn Sommerich, Ph.D.

Influence of postures during precision work on neck-shoulder muscular effect.
Veerle Hermans, Ph.D.

The influence of normalization procedure on the variability in surface EMG amplitude within and between subjects.
Svend-Erik Mathiassen, Ph.D.

Comparison of fine wire to surface EMG amplitude of finger muscles during a precision task.
Melissa Jacobson, M.S.

Accuracy of surface EMG to assess forearm muscle load during typing.
Bernard Martin, Ph.D.

Signal processing for dynamic surface EMG in trunk muscles.
Evelyn Morin, Ph.D.

Effect of signal processing methods on the accuracy of surface EMG amplitude estimation and EMG-to-torque prediction.
Edward Clancy, Ph.D.

Influence of signal processing methods on sensitivity of surface EMG amplitude to tasks in a field study.
Gert-Ake Hansson, M.S.

Viscoelastic Creep and EMG.
Moshe Solomonow, Ph.D., M.D.

Lessons from use of surface EMG amplitude for back muscles: controlling motion artifact and other extraneous sources of variability.
Bill Marras, Ph.D.

Repeatability and sources of variance of surface EMG measures during the performance of work tasks.
Rolf Westgaard, M.D., Ph.D.

Comparison of between-groups and intra-subject variability in sEMG amplitude in a laboratory study of keyboard design.
Naomi Swanson, Ph.D.

Repeatability of surface EMG measures during the performance of identical tasks.
Roland Kadefors, Ph.D.

Day to day variations in static calibrations.
Mike Gerard, Ph.D.

Precision and recording time in occupational electromyography.
Richard Wells, Ph.D