Over the past six years at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, I have been fortunate to be involved with multiple interesting and exciting projects working with and for people with disabilities.
These projects have necessitated I learn and employ
- Qualitative research methods like interviews, focus groups and survey techniques
- Quantitative research methods to evaluate differences in perception of human performance
- The principles of psychometrics and ergonomics (or human factors engineering)
- Learn technical software packages like Solidworks to build CAD models and work with some of the phenomenal minds at HERL to build the CAREN, A simulation system that can aid design, develop and evaluate newer mobility devices.
These projects have helped me study and understand the diverse nature of human interaction with the environment, factors that enable these interactions, barriers that hinder them and the role of technology to overcome these barriers.
With some great mentoring from peers, colleagues and the wonderful mentors at HERL, my graduate student life has given me a unique opportunity to study the dynamic collaboration between humans, machines and the dynamic environments that they interact with each other, a field of work that has come to be known as the human-machine interaction over the recent years.
(And pick up few tricks and trades on carpentry, and photography along the way!)