Prof. Goonetilleke initiated the Human Factors and Ergonomics program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1994. He has been in the field of Ergonomics for over 30 years. He teaches Human-Centered Design at HKUST and his research interests are innovative design, product development and human performance modelling.
Prior to HKUST, Ravi was the Human Factors Manager at the NIKE Sport Research Lab in Beaverton Oregon, and a Senior Ergonomist at the Biomechanics Corporation of America in Long Island New York. He has been a consultant for many multi-national companies such as Exxon-Mobil Corp., MTR Corporation, Hong Kong Telecom, Icon MediaLab (Asia), Honeywell, Inc, Motorola, Procter and Gamble, General Motors, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Dow Corning International, Steelcase, Inc., Lear Seating Corporation, MRC-SKF, Ford and many others in the area of Ergonomics and Product Design. He has received several research grants in the area of human-centered design, and has eight US patents. Ravi is the Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. He also an Associate Editor of Ergonomics in Design, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, and Associate Editor Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics (IJHFE) and is the Chair of Physical Ergonomics & Human Factors at the Applied Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference. He is the editor of the book, “Science of Footwear” published by the CRC press in 2012. Ravi is a fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA) and the Hong Kong Ergonomics Society.
User-Centered Design for Sustainability
The proliferation of mobile devices and applications has given us access to an enormous amount of information at any time of the day. Some of the information may be useful while others are distracting, and even destructive. Whether all or most of the information is used depends on our ability to multi-task. The ensuing programming of one’s mind with a rapid sequence of tasks to take care of the information received and processed can make environmental concerns secondary.
A vast amount of research is available on ways and means to dispose, salvage, recycle, and re-manufacture for reuse items. Other methods for sustainability include creating obstacles to unsustainable uses and practices. Even though such strategies may be functional and effective, they are not very user-centered solutions to enhance sustainability. Instead, designing products and services that are based on thought-provoking ideas, which compel people to buy and use to meet all their needs without compromising on the resources of future generations are of paramount importance. Having better design strategies upstream that not just meet user needs, but enhance physical and emotional interactions are bound to make the necessary alternatives for the environment seamless and automatic. The role that Ergonomists can play in achieving such a goal will be the theme of this talk.