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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

The Human Factors in Engineering...
and Why They Matter

Dr. Kim J. Vicente, P. Eng., University of Toronto

When designers ignore people, the result is products that are difficult for people to use. Just think of all of those flashing 12:00's on the VCRs in our homes.

Poorly designed systems exist because the vast majority of engineers and scientists who design technology never get exposed to human factors engineering during their university education.

Many of us just learn to live with the annoying consequences, attributing them to the fact that we are not very adept at dealing with technology. But in an operating theatre or airplane cockpit, the stakes become a lot more serious. An engineering design that omits a human factor can mean a matter of life or death.

Come and find out about the emerging new engineering discipline that is dedicated to changing this situation and making technology a lot simpler and safer for all of us.

Dr. Kim J. Vicente, P. Eng., is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and of biomaterials and biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, and author of "Cognitive Work Analysis: Towards Safe, Productive, and Healthy Computer-Based Work", published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Gildas Molgat
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gilbert Parent
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2000 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am