Human Factors Consultant

  • More than 20 years experience in human-computer interface (HCI) design and evaluation.
  • Recognized expert in system usability and human factors engineering. Specific expertise in human-computer interaction, task analysis, error analysis and reduction
  • Education
  • Ph.D. University of Toronto (Human Factors)
  • Thesis “Temporal Modulation Transfer Function of Human Vision”
  • M.A.Sc. University of Toronto (Bio-Medical Engineering)
  • B.A.Sc. University of Toronto (Electrical Engineering)
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Certified Professional Ergonomics (CPE) by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, Bellingham Washington (Russ also works for the board reviewing and approving applications for certification).
  • Gulf Petroleum Industry Co. (GPIC), Bahrain, 2006
  • Control room ergonomic heuristic evaluation— under contract to The Industrial Accident Prevention Association, Russ reviewed all control rooms and procedures in this Middle East refinery.
  • Detailed recommendations were made for revised screens, control panels and procedures to improve safety and efficiency. This was an extensive and thorough review covering more than a dozen control rooms.
  • Ontario Power Generation, Pickering, 2006
  • Traditional control panel—was hired to design the control panel of the auxiliary power system (APS) for OPG’s Pickering reactors. The APS was a different generation of highly automated technology, yet it had to fit in with the traditional system and procedures.
  • The biggest challenge turned out to be buy-in to the new technology and controlling it with older manual switches and meters. Russ developed a detailed computer simulation which enabled licensed nuclear operators (LNOs) to see how the proposed system would work.
  • This was also used to simulate failures and alarms to ensure LNOs could deal with any potential problem. After validation proved it’s effectiveness, the design went on to CNSC approval.

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