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Visual Ergonomics


Jennifer Long
Optometrist and Ergonomist
Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics
( http://www.visualergonomics.com.au )
PO Box 645 Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: +61 2 4782 3472
Email: jlong@visualergonomics.com.au

Marino Menozzi
PD Dr., senior scientist
Chair of Technology and Innovation Management
Ergonomics of Information Media
(link: http://www.tim.ethz.ch/research/edi/)
ETH Zurich
CH – 8092 Zurich
Phone: + 41 44 632 39 81
Email: mmenozzi@ethz.ch

Magne Helland
Docent / Associate Professor
University College of Southeast Norway
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design
P.O. Box 251
N-3601 Kongsberg
Phone: +47 31 00 89 26
Email: magne.helland@usn.no

Hans O. Richter
University of Gavle
Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences
Kungsbacksvagen 47
SE-801 76 Gavle
Phone: +46 26-64 87 22
Email: hrr@hig.se

Hillevi Hemphälä
PhD, BSc Optometry, Researcher Visual Ergonomics Lund University
Department of Design Sciences Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol
Technologies Box 118, Sölvegatan 2
SE-221 00 Lund
Phone: +4670629187Fax:+46462224431
Email: hillevi.hemphala@design.lth.se

Contact Jennifer Long for more information or to join this Technical Committee
Email: jlong@visualergonomics.com.au

What is Visual Ergonomics?

Visual ergonomics is the multidisciplinary science concerned with understanding human visual processes and the interactions between humans and other elements of a system. Visual ergonomics applies theories, knowledge and methods to the design and assessment of systems, optimizing human well-being and overall system performance. Relevant topics include, among others: the visual environment, such as lighting; visually demanding work and other tasks; visual function and performance; visual comfort and safety; optical corrections and other assistive tools.

A description of the how the definition was developed is included in a Letter to the Editor published in Applied Ergonomics: “A definition of visual ergonomics”, available online 8 April 2014.

An easy-to-read article explaining the practical implications of visual ergonomics was developed by this Technical Committee and published in WORK (2014): 47: 419-420. Download a copy of the article.

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What are some of the domains of interest of visual ergonomics?

  • Visually demanding work tasks and leisure activities
  • The human visual system and perception
  • Environmental conditions e.g. illumination, indoor air quality
  • Optometry and ophthalmology, e.g. vision corrections for people with normal vision and vision impairment, ageing vision, visual fatigue
  • Visual displays and information design
  • Workstation design, visual comfort and musculoskeletal disorders

What are the objectives of the Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee?

The objectives of the Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee are to:
  • Facilitate international cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration among professionals with an interest in Visual Ergonomics
  • Promote basic and applied ergonomic research within the domain of visual ergonomics
  • Promote best ergonomics practice within the domain of Visual Ergonomics so that comfortable, safe and efficient work and
  • Encourage high standards within academic and practical Visual Ergonomics education

Organizational Structure

The Technical Committee is a peer group of researchers, practitioners and educators without a hierarchical substructure.
Click here to download the list of TC members:

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February 2012: Two Visual Ergonomics parallel sessions and one joint session with Work With Computing Systems were delivered at the IEA World Congress Recife, Brazil (13 oral presentations).

March 2014: A special Visual Ergonomics edition of WORK: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation was published, and includes 15 articles related to visual ergonomics from authors in Australia, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada. The edition can be accessed at

August 2015: Two visual ergonomics parallel sessions were delivered at the IEA World Congress in Melbourne, Australia (6 oral presentations and 5 posters). These papers can be accessed at http://www.iea.cc/congress/2015.html

Are you interested in Visual Ergonomics? Would you like to keep up to date with Visual Ergonomics news from around the world?

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2015 Annual Report for Visual Ergonomics

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Election of TC Officers at IEA2018, Florence, Italy

Announcement: Election of TC officers at the TC meeting during the triennial IEA 2018 world congress in Florence, ITA (exact room and dates will be published soon). For information about the Congress, see: http://www.IEA2018.org

Action Plan

Activities Description Responsible Milestones
Organise parallel sessions for the IEA World Congress in 2018 - Florence, Italy
Planning and review of session proposals
Chair and co-chair
According to congress specifications


http://content.iospress.com/journals/work/47/3 (Visual Ergonomics special edition)

http://content.iospress.com/journals/work/41/Supplement%201 for the IEA2012 congress papers.