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.


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


Marconi Research Conference
January 11 & 12, 2002
Marconi Conference Center
Marshall, California, USA

David Rempel & Jack Dennerlein