Ergonomics In Automotive Design

By Prof. Sougata Karmakar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 2168
Knowledge of ‘Ergonomics/ Human Factors Engineering’ is of utmost necessity for automotive design and engineering to achieve optimal compatibility between occupants and vehicle components in terms of physical, cognitive and environmental aspects. Although good number of Design and Engineering Schools in India are offering courses on Automobile Design, Transportation Design and Automobile Engineering but there are less focus on Automotive Ergonomics due to lack of resources and trained faculty members. The current elective would not only help the students and teachers involved in Automobile Design and Engineering to overcome the aforesaid limitations but also would be beneficial for the engineers and designers engaged in automotive sectors.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG and PG students of Industrial Engineering PREREQUISITES: Basic understanding of ‘Applied Ergonomics' INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Industries associated with Automotive Design and Engineering
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Design Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 23 Aug 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Automotive Ergonomics, Anthropometric and biomechanical data in automotive design
Week 2: Occupant Packaging, Automobile control and displays, In vehicle and external visibility of the driver
Week 3: Entry and exit by drivers and passengers, Driver distraction and driving performance measurement, Driver Workload Measurement
Week 4: Virtual Ergonomics evaluation technique and its application in automotive design, Automotive craftsmanship

Books and references

1. Bhise, V.D., 2016. Ergonomics in the automotive design process. CRC Press. 2. Harvey, C. and Stanton, N.A., 2016. Usability evaluation for in-vehicle systems. Crc Press. 3. Gkikas, N., 2016. Automotive Ergonomics: Driver-Vehicle Interaction. CRC Press 4. Happian-Smith, J. ed., 2001. An introduction to modern vehicle design. Elsevier. 5. Castro, C., 2008, Human factors of visual and cognitiver performance in driving. CRC Press. 6. Regan, M.A., Lee, J.D. and Young, K., 2008. Driver distraction: Theory, effects and mitigation. CRC Press. 7. Stuart, M., 2009. H-Point: The fundamentals of car design and packaging. Art Center College of Design.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sougata Karmakar is presently working as Associate Professor at Dept. of Design in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, India. He received Ph.D. degree for his work in the field of ‘virtual ergonomics using digital human modelling’ from the Bharathiar University, India in Sept’ 2009. He also received P.G. Diploma in Management (Specialization-Human Resource Management) from Pondicherry University, India. He gained research expertise in the field of ergonomics from Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Delhi (Nov’ 2004-Nov’2009). He is associated with well-equipped ‘Ergonomics Laboratory’ at Department of Design, IIT Guwahati and continuing his research work in the field of Ergonomics/ Human Factors. Five (05) research scholars/ PhD students have been awarded PhD degree and another five students are presently persuing their doctoral research under his guidance.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29th September 2019 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is     published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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