Dr. Dominique L. Scapin


Research Director,
Scientific Leader of the MErLIn group.


Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique / National Research Institute in Computer Science and Control

Domaine de Voluceau - Rocquencourt, B.P. 105,
78153 Le Chesnay Cedex, France.
Tel: +33 (1) 39-63-55-07 Fax: +33 (1) 39-63-58-92


Short Bio

Dominique L. Scapin is currently at I.N.R.I.A., Rocquencourt, France, the head of the MErLIn (Methods for Interactive Software Ergonomics) research group after heading the Ergonomics Psychology group (1989-1999). He is a Research Director since 1988, after being Senior Researcher (since 1986). Previously, he was a Human Factors Consultant in the US; the Assistant-Director of the Ergonomics Psychology group at I.N.R.I.A.(1982-1983), a Researcher at I.N.R.I.A. (1977-1982), with a year at the Johns Hopkins University (1980). He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology (1982), a DESS in Ergonomics (1978), an M.A. in Experimental Psychology (1977), and various M.A. credits in Computer Science (1976-77). He is the author of many scientific papers on user interfaces ergonomics. He has produced the Ergonomics Criteria and the task oriented M.A.D. model. He has been a reviewer for most scientific journals in the domain; an editorial board member for BIT, IwC, RIHM, IJHFM, IJHCS, UAIS; a member of the scientific program committee for all major conferences in the domain. He has been co-chair of Ergo-IHM 2000, vice-chair of IHM '99, co-chair of research & theory papers for INTERACT '95, chair of IHM '94, chair of demonstrations for INTERCHI '93 ; etc. He is a lecturer and a consultant for several academic and industrial organizations. He serves as an expert for several national and international organizations. He is a Past-President of HFES-Europe and a Past-President of AFIHM.


Title of the presentation

Ergonomic requirements, methods, and standards for user centered software systems


This talk aims at stressing the human aspects in the design and evaluation of software systems, from the point of view of engineering ergonomics. It does not aim at exhaustiveness, but at providing a large panorama of the main issues. After a few definitions and statements on the needs for a user centered approach, the talk describes the main ergonomic requirements to be taken into account. Then, after a survey on usability methods and standards, the choice of ergonomic methods is discussed within the software life cycle steps and other parameters of the context. The talk concludes with an outline of the major issues to be retained.

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