HSI® Work


Packed vehicle with bags of luggage

02

Jun 2015

Preparing for Murphy’s Law When Traveling

All thoughts of a stress-free, relaxing vacation have vanished. The luggage carrousel spit out the last piece of luggage ten minutes ago and you are the only one left watching the last few baggage items circle for the hundredth time. The representative at the lost luggage counter expects you to...

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14

May 2015

One Giant LEAP for the Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have posted a video on YouTube promoting Defence Research and Development Canada’s CAN-LEAP combat mobility course. This course was developed by HSI® in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), by using feedback from operations to design realistic obstacles with advanced sensors to quantify...

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STOCK photo

08

May 2015

Considering Human Factors in Military R&D: A Body Armour Example

In military research and development, we often come across equipment specifications that have to be met to resolve technical issues and keep pace with the capabilities of other nations. Because new and exciting technologies are developed at an unprecedented rate, it’s easy to focus on the technological attributes of new...

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KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

23

Apr 2015

KISS Those Bad Surveys Good-Bye

Emily-Ana Filardo Developing an effective survey can be a form of art. I know what you’re thinking: how difficult can it be, right? You want to know how people feel about something, so you ask them a bunch of questions. Essentially that is what survey development is. But ensuring that...

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Military soldier holding and aiming weapon while on knee

07

Apr 2015

Shooting Pain: Solving for Humans in the Recoil Equation

If you’ve ever seen an action movie like ‘The Matrix’ it’s doubtless that you’re aware of weapon recoil. For some reason, every time someone pulls a trigger, their weapon dramatically kicks up and backwards, and a brass bullet casing falls to the ground in glorious slow motion. While action movies...

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My Path to Using Science to Help People

11

Feb 2015

My Path to Using Science to Help People

When I set out on the path of biomechanics research as a career, my driving thought was, “I want to use all of this applied science, to which I’ve devoted the last three years of my life, to actually make a difference in people’s lives.” For the first three years...

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Group of people that have created a large scale image of a magnifying glass

29

Jan 2015

Focus on Focus Groups

When doing field research, there are many different ways to collect data. For most of the research that HSI® undertakes, it is important to collect both objective and subjective data. One common method of subjective data collection is that of the focus group. While there are countless guides available out...

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Negotiation word cloud (many negotiation-related words. E.g., "compromise, strategy" etc.)

10

Dec 2014

Tips for a Successful Negotiation

It’s always nice when you work on a project that positively impacts your own life. A few years ago, HSI® conducted a study in which we had participants from two very different organizations conduct a negotiation. The participants lived in different cities and worked for two very different organizations (e.g.,...

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Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

20

Oct 2014

Administrative and Technical Evolution of HSI®

Working for the same company for almost 25 years has been interesting, to say the least. You don’t notice the little changes as they are happening, but when you look at how far things have come in 20+ years, you realize the impact of those little changes. I started at...

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