Visual Ergonomics


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

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
Email: hillevi.hemphala (at)


Rudy Ying-Yin Huang
Associate Professor
National Taiwan University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City 106
Phone: +886 2 33662688
Email: rudyhuang (at)


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 Frank Po-Hung Lin for more information
Email: frank.phlin (at)


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.

Click here to download the list of TC members:

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June 2021:

  • Organized two sessions on Visual Ergonomics with a total of 18 papers and 1 poster.
  • Hillevi Hemphälä and Jennifer long organized a workshop on Visual Ergonomics and Lighting (22E)
  • One joint symposium (18H) on Visual Ergonomics and Ergonomics in Design for all Symposium was organized by Jennifer Long with Isabella Steffan from the TC “Ergonomics in Design for all”.
  • Marino Menozzi acted in the Scientific Committee for IEA2021

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

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

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

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).


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(Tri-)Annual Reports for Visual Ergonomics






Election of TC Officers at IEA 2021, Vancouver, Canada (online conference)

Announcement: Election of TC officers at TC General Assembly Meeting on 14 June 2021


Action Plan

Activities Description Responsible Milestones
Promote visual ergonomics 1.     Promote visual ergonomics on a political level

2.     Increase the number of members of our TC

3.     Keep the TC website content up-to date

4.     Create a webinar on visual ergonomics

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