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
Rachel Benedyk, M Hadjisimou Laptops in the lecture theatre: an ergonomic focus on the critical issues 4008 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2008, Conference proceeding, London
Rachel Benedyk, H Vicary A user tool for the selection and integration of in-vehicle information systems 4007 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 4007 Ergonomics Society Annual Conference 2007, Conference proceeding, London
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 Presentation, CHI 2012: the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Workshop: A Contextualised Curriculum
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 Presentation, British HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness: HCI Educators Workshop 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 Presentation, CHI 2011: the 29th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Worksho
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 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
Ann Blandford, Rachel Benedyk, Nadia Berthouze, Anna Cox, J Dowell The Challenges of Creating Connections and Raising Awareness: Experience from UCLIC. 2007 INTERACT'07, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS 4662), Conference proceeding
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.