Visual Ergonomics


Marino Menozzi, Chair
PD Dr., senior scientist
Human Factors Engineering
ETH Zurich
CH – 8092 Zurich
Phone: + 41 44 632 39 81

Hillevi Hemphälä, Co-Chair
PhD, BSc Optometry, Researcher Visual Ergonomics Lund University
Department of Design Sciences Division of Ergonomics and Aerosol
Technologies Box 118, Sölvegatan 2
SE-221 00 Lund
Phone: +4670629187Fax:+46462224431


Jennifer Long
Optometrist and Ergonomist
Jennifer Long Visual Ergonomics
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PO Box 645 Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: +61 2 4782 3472


Rudy Ying-Yin Huang
Associate Professor
National Taipei University of Technology
Department of Industrial Engineering & Management
1, Sec. 3, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Taipei City 10608
Phone: +886 2 27712171 ext. 2336


Frank Po-Hung Lin
Associate Professor

National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology

Department of Industrial Engineering & Management
No. 415, Jiangong Rd., Sanmin Dist., Kaohsiung City 80778, Taiwan
Phone:+886-7-3814526 ext. 17131

Contact Jennifer Long or Frank Po-Hung Lin for more information


What is Visual Ergonomics?

Visual ergonomics is the multidisciplinary science concerned with understanding human visual processes and the interactions between humans and other elements of a system. Visual ergonomics applies theories, knowledge and methods to the design and assessment of systems, optimizing human well-being and overall system performance. Relevant topics include, among others: the visual environment, such as lighting; visually demanding work and other tasks; visual function and performance; visual comfort and safety; optical corrections and other assistive tools.

A description of the how the definition was developed is included in a Letter to the Editor published in Applied Ergonomics: “A definition of visual ergonomics”, available online 8 April 2014.

An easy-to-read article explaining the practical implications of visual ergonomics was developed by this Technical Committee and published in WORK (2014): 47: 419-420. Download a copy of the article.

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What are some of the domains of interest of visual ergonomics?


  • Visually demanding work tasks and leisure activities
  • The human visual system and perception
  • Environmental conditions e.g. illumination, indoor air quality
  • Optometry and ophthalmology, e.g. vision corrections for people with normal vision and vision impairment, ageing vision, visual fatigue
  • Visual displays and information design
  • Workstation design, visual comfort and musculoskeletal disorders


What are the objectives of the Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee?

The objectives of the Visual Ergonomics Technical Committee are to:

  • Facilitate international cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration among professionals with an interest in Visual Ergonomics
  • Promote basic and applied ergonomic research within the domain of visual ergonomics
  • Promote best ergonomics practice within the domain of Visual Ergonomics so that comfortable, safe and efficient work and
  • Encourage high standards within academic and practical Visual Ergonomics education


Organizational Structure

The Technical Committee is a peer group of researchers, practitioners and educators without a hierarchical substructure.

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February 2012: Two Visual Ergonomics parallel sessions and one joint session with Work With Computing Systems were delivered at the IEA World Congress Recife, Brazil (13 oral presentations).

March 2014: A special Visual Ergonomics edition of WORK: A journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation was published, and includes 15 articles related to visual ergonomics from authors in Australia, Scandinavia, the USA and Canada. The edition can be accessed at

August 2015: Two visual ergonomics parallel sessions were delivered at the IEA World Congress in Melbourne, Australia (6 oral presentations and 5 posters). These papers can be accessed at

August 2018: Four visual ergonomics parallel sessions were delivered at the IEA World Congress in Florence, Italy (18 oral presentations and 1 poster). Selected written papers are published in

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2015 Annual Report for Visual Ergonomics

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Election of TC Officers at IEA2018, Florence, Italy

Announcement: Election of TC officers at the TC meeting during the triennial IEA 2018 world congress in Florence, ITA (exact room and dates will be published soon). For information about the Congress, see:

Action Plan

Activities Description Responsible Milestones
Organize the special issue of International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics Reviewing the papers submitted to the special issue Chair and executive committee 2018-2019 2018-2019
Organize parallel sessions for the IEA World Congress in 2021 – Vancouver, Canada Planning and review of session proposals Chair and co-chair According to congress specifications 2019-2021


Links     IJIE special issue- Advances in visual ergonomics (Visual Ergonomics special edition) for the IEA2012 congress papers. for the IEA 2018 papers related to visual ergonomics