Rachel Benedyk

Rachel Benedyk
Honorary Senior Lecturer
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UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

I'm a Lecturer at UCLIC specialising in Ergonomics, and the Programme Director for our MSc in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics.

I have completed a research programme on the ergonomic impact of the use of laptop computers in educational settings, from which we produced an ergonomic advice leaflet for students using laptops. I am currently working on a campaign to introduce User-Centred Design into schools.

Research Interests

  • Application of ergonomics to product design
  • Practice of ergonomics by non-ergonomists
  • Use of technology by the public
  • Interface and workspace design
  • Architecture and functional use of space
  • Ergonomics in Occupational Health
  • Training needs analysis
  • Human error and accidents
  • User Centred-Design for School Students


Research Projects

  • The ergonomic impact of the use of laptop computers in educational settings
  • Design for Real People: a campaign to introduce User-Centred Design into Schools

Research Publications

Authors
Title
Year
Publication
Katarzyna Stawarz, Rachel Benedyk Bent necks and twisted wrists: Exploring the impact of touch-screen tablets on the posture of office workers 2013 The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of things, Conference proceeding, Uxbridge
Stawarz, Anna Cox, Jon Bird, Rachel Benedyk "I'd sit at home and do work emails": how tablets affect the work-life balance of office workers. 2013 CHI 2013, Conference proceeding, Paris, France
Dominic Furniss, Rachel Benedyk Digital Story Pragmatics: Tips & Tricks 2012 CHI 2012: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum for HCI, Conference abstract, Austin, Texas
Rachel Benedyk, Dominic Furniss Using Digital Stories to enhance course induction for HCI students 2011 British HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness: HCI Educators Workshop, Conference abstract, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Dominic Furniss, Rachel Benedyk Boundaries and Three Points on a Virtuous Circle: Digital stories, public engagement, and teaching students 2011 CHI 2011: the 29th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop: Video Interaction - Making Broadcasting a Successful Social Media, Conference abstract, Vancouver, Canada
Rachel Benedyk University students' views of the design and use of their study environments 2010 Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors Annual Conference 2010, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, A Woodcock Adolescent Skills Gap 2009 International Ergonomics Association 2009, Beijing, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, A Woodcock, A Woolner Applying the Hexagon-Spindle Model for Educational Ergonomics To the Design of School Environments for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders 2009 Work Journal, Journal article
Rachel Benedyk, S Mackenzie The costs and benefits of office ergonomics 2009 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, A Woodcock, A Harder The Hexagon-Spindle model for educational ergonomics 2009 Work Journal, Journal article
Rachel Benedyk, A Woodcock The Hexagon-Spindle Model for Ergonomics 2009 Ergonomics Society Anniversary Conference 2009, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, M Hadjisimou Laptops in the lecture theatre: an ergonomic focus on the critical issues 2008 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2008, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk Physical Ergonomics 2008 Chapter, London
Rachel Benedyk, H Edwards A comparison of usability evaluation methods for child participants in a school setting 2007 ACM 6th International Conference for Interaction Design and Children, Aalborg, Denmark, Conference proceeding, New York
Rachel Benedyk, H Vicary A user tool for the selection and integration of in-vehicle information systems 2007 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, A Harder, R Hussain, A Ioannidis, M Perera The ergonomic impact of student use of laptops in university settings 2007 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2007, Conference proceeding, London
Ann Blandford, Rachel Benedyk, Nadia Berthouze, Anna Cox, J Dowell The Challenges of Creating Connections and Raising Awareness: Experience from UCLIC. 2007 INTERACT 2007, Conference proceeding, USA
Rachel Benedyk, S Chandrashekar, T Stockman, D Fels Using Think Aloud Protocol with Blind Users: a Case for Inclusive Usability Evaluation Methods 2006 8th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2006), Conference proceeding, New York, NY, USA
Rachel Benedyk, S Chandrashekar Accessibility vs Usability - Where is the Dividing Line? 2006 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2006, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, H Edwards Usability Evaluation Methods for Child Participants. 2005 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2005, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk Physical Ergonomics 2003 Chapter, London
Rachel Benedyk, M Naki Integrating New Technology into Nursing Workstations: Can Ergonomics Reduce Risks? 2002 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2002, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, S Mackenzie The Costs and Benefits of Office Ergonomics 2001 Chapter, London
Rachel Benedyk, S Mackenzie The costs and benefits of office ergonomics 2001 Contemporary Ergonomics 2001, Conference proceeding
Rachel Benedyk, S Attfield, F Pagnacco When enough is enough: Time-restricted sensemaking in underground railway control N/A Poster, 10th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making Orlando, Florida.