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Ergonomics in Design Laboratorybb

The Ergonomics in Design Laboratory operates in the field of Ergonomics applied to the assessment and design of spaces, products, services and equipment.

The scientific and operational aims of the Laboratory are the development and application of ergonomic assessment methodologies, both in the field of traditional ergonomics and in those of usability and Human-Centred Design.

The Laboratory operates in particular:

  • In the development of research programmes on ergonomics issues, with a special focus on security and usability in spaces, products and equipment, at all stages of design process, from the first idea to development and production.
  • In the development of advanced services for public and private research entities, public administrations and companies, in the field of the ergonomics assessment of industrial products, equipment and facilities.
  • In activities in support of teaching at all three levels of university education, in all aspects regarding the application and experimentation of methods, assessment procedures and ergonomic design.

The Laboratory undertakes its activities in collaboration with the Sustainable Design Laboratory and the Design Modelling Laboratory of the Department of Architecture DIDA, together with the Occupational Medicine section of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and the Department of Education and Psychology of the University of Florence.

The Laboratory works with:

UNI, Ente Italiano di Normazione
INAIL, Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro, Toscana
GRC, Centro di Gestione del Rischio Clinico della Regione Toscana
SIE, Società Italiana di Ergonomia e Fattori umani
SIFO, Società Italiana dei Farmacisti ospedalieri
AIFOS, Associazione Italiana Formatori e operatori della Sicurezza sul Lavoro


The specific activities of the Ergonomics in Design Laboratory are:

  • usability assessment through objective evaluation procedures (expert assessment, task analysis, physical-dimensional assessment);
  • usability and safety in use assessments undertaken through involving users methods (user trials) both in the Laboratory and on field;
  • conformity with the technical UNI/ISO regulations concerning ergonomics;
  • comparative testing of products;
  • development of design guidelines;
  • definition of innovative design concepts;
  • modelling and virtual simulation of the user-space-product interaction for the control of anthropometric and bio-mechanic parameters (in collaboration with the Occupational Medicine section of the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine);
  • assessment of the sensorial effects of materials and surfaces (in collaboration with Sustainable Design Laboratory);
  • creation of prototypes for the development and verification of user trials (in collaboration with Design Modelling Laboratory).

Areas of intervention

  • daily use products;
  • systems and products;
  • products, equipment and work stations;
  • interface systems and control panels;
  • home and work spaces;
  • packaging systems;
  • sport products, equipment and facilities, both professional and amateur;
  • products, equipment and facilities for weak users (especially the elderly, handicapped and people with physical or sensory discomforts);
  • products, equipment and facilities for health and care purposes.


Opening hours

By appointment only:


Production and research

  • Coop

      Development and testing
    of Robotic and social services
    in the cloud to support
    vulnerable and non
    self-sufficient people in
    residential structures
  • Cucinelli

    Practicing Universal Design
    Principles in Design Education
    through a CAD-Based Game
  • triaca
    Workstationand high-handed
    industrial machineries evaluation,
    in small and medium
    manufacturing industry
    with particular
    attention to older workers
    UX Skillrow Evaluation
    UX evaluation of Skillrow,
    the new rowing ergometer
    by Technogym Spa
  • Well living
    Progetto di
    Innovazione Urbana
      Design guidelines for
    accessibility, urban ergonomics
    and wayfinding of
    the the school village




    • SmartRunning
      Workshop Smart Running 2
      Defining scenarios and concepts
      of products and systems
      for the outdoor
      workout experiences

    • figline
      Workshop Urban ergonomic
      design for Figline Valdarno
        Design solutions for
      the historic center of
      Figline Valdarno

  • triaca

    Workshop Art and Design 2

        Art and Design solutions
    for industrial areas.
    In collaboration with the
    Municipality of Calenzano

  • arte e design
    Workshop Between
    art and design
    in Italy 1927 - 2017

    Design concepts based
    on future visions concerning
    technological and
    lifestyle innovations
  • triaca
    Workshop Art and Design 1 
         New concepts for
    the outdoor setting

  • triaca
    Workshop Outdoor
    furniture design
          Defining new design solutions
    for the urban furniture
    and outdoor spaces




  • ibike
    Ergonomic Design

    Theoretical and applied ergonomics
    for the design of products
    and  product systems



  • master ergonomia 1
    Master Degree in Ergonomics
    I Edition

    Product ergonomics for
    equipment and services

  • master ergonomia 2
    Master Degree in Ergonomics
    II Edition

    Space, product
    and organization ergonomics




  • eventi design stories
    Design Stories

    cycle of conferences
    aimed at the promotion of research
    and the valorization of the link
    between university and business




The Laboratory accepts a maximum of three active trainees at a time.

Candidates must submit their request by electronic post to the Scientific Director of the Laboratory, Professor Francesca Tosi, including their C.V. in European format.



Scientific Director
Francesca Tosi

Alessandra Rinaldi
Coordinatore Scientifico

Alessia Brischetto

Irene Bruni
PhD Student

Daniele Busciantella Ricci
PhD Student

Mattia Pistolesi
PhD Student




Design Campus
via Sandro Pertini, 93
50041 - Calenzano (FI)

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last update: 18-Apr-2019
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