Usability and Risk Engineering


Ergonomic system design and usability engineering are major factors in risk management of medical devices. In the Center for Usability and Risk Engineering for Medical Devices (CUREMeD), we develop methodology and tools for risk management with a special focus on human errors. The HiFEM Method or CARAD software tool are awarded examples of our work in this field. The CUREMeD usability lab provides all relevant usability testing facilities for usability studies for product development and evaluation with hospitals and industrial partners. The CUREMeD usability lab is supported by CUREMeD.

Former Projects

Methods and Facilities

  • mAIXuse (model-based risk analysis of human machine interface)
  • Process oriented risk analysis with CARAD (Computer Aided Risk Analysis and Documentation)
  • mAIXcontrol (method for risk control of technical and human induced risks)
  • Postural work analysis (OWAS, REBA, RULA) and motion tracking (inertial sensors)
  • Integrated OR demonstrator (surgical workstation)
  • Criteria based, formal analytical and interaction centered usability evaluation
  • Formative and summative user tests (thinking aloud, standardized questionnaires as like SUS and NASA TLX, logging of physiological data, video observation, remote and head-mounted eye tracking, screen and event logging)
  • Laboratory as a test environment for ergonomics and usability
  • Various medical devices (e.g. OR light, 3D X-ray C-arm, OR table, RF, endoscopic, US-cutting, different power tools such as high speed milling and shavers, universal footswitch)
  • Haptic input devices (e.g. Phantom 6D highforce, Phantom Omni)
  • Physio logging (e.g. EKG, EMG, EDA, temperature)

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