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Eugene Canavan

Healthcare Design Director

Eugene Canavan is an industrial designer and HFE specialist who has worked in consumer and medical product development for 23 years. He is the director of the Healthcare team at Design Partners, a strategic product & interaction design consultancy. Eugene is a visiting lecturer for the medical device design course at the National College of Ireland, Dublin University Bio-engineering and external examiner at CIT design-core, Ireland. Eugene is currently mentoring a PhD in Human Factors Engineering of surgical devices at University of Limerick.


Human Behaviour and Performance

First published: Irish Ergonomics Society Annual Review, May 2013
Written by: Eugene Canavan

“Ergonomics, by necessity, has moved away from unitary problems of singular task analysis to remain relevant in a more complex world where the boundaries between work and play are blurred with interaction opportunities facilitated by inter-connecting systems and technologies. In today’s world a broad, holistic approach to ergonomics is more relevant than ever. It is the interactions between system elements such as humans, equipment and environment that are the future focus of ergonomics rather than the artefacts themselves. This is a very interesting distinction; in an increasingly complex world it is our memory, perception and thought process that is the future focus of ergonomics. For ergonomists the area of cognitive psychology and its current thinking on memory and thought processing has never been so important in the goal of understanding human behaviour and performance. ”

Eugene Canavan is the Medical Design Director for Design Partners and lectures in the Centre for Medical Device Design in NCAD, Ireland.

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