Pedro Arezes, coordinator of the Ergonomics & Human Factors group at ALGORITMI research center in UMinho, was the guest lecturer at the Universitas Islam Indonesia, in Yogyakarta. The lecture took place in the 9th December at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Industrial Technology and was attended by a large number of students and faculty from several Indonesian universities. The title of the lecture was “IoT – Interfaces of Things” and an abstract of the lecture can be found below.This visit has also included one additional meetings related to ongoing research projects in the E&HF group, including a meeting with two universities, University Islam Indonesia (UII) and also a working meeting with the Universitas Trunojoyo Madura.
“IoT – Interfaces of Things” @ Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) /Islamic University of Indonesia, by Pedro Arezes, University of Minho, Portugal
Abstract: User-centred design is a concept increasingly used in the design of equipment, tools, processes, digital platforms and, in general, everything that can be used by people. This approach is very straightforward to consider that the main focus should be centred on the user, and not in the creation process or in the technological features of the product. Despite being increasingly considered in the design of technological products, this approach is not restricted to technological interfaces. It is a global approach through which the users’ needs, wants and limitations are considered, particularly at the product design stage. The key idea is to not only predict how users will use the products, but assume the need to validate assumptions about user behaviour in real context. The importance of interfaces is sometimes neglected because it is understood that the products are easy to use and physically self-illustrative, which is not always true. In this lecture, some of the issues related to the future of user-centred user interface design will be addressed from an ergonomics intervention perspective. A number of examples of technology platforms that include this approach will be presented, with several examples linked to the automotive industry and others, illustrating that user-centred systems are assumed to be compatible with users’ needs, characteristics and expectations… and even with their emotions.