Human Factors NL thesis award 2020 for Lindsey Vermeer

News - 12 November 2020 - Communication

For her exoskeleton for boys with Duchenne Muscular Distrophy, IDE alumna Lindsey Vermeer was awarded the Human Factors NL Thesis Award 2020. Her design, which featured in this year's Dutch Design Week, grows with boys as they grow older and features an interface and a video game controller which appealed to the target group.

"Lindsey studied the target group and context through literature research and the design was made in co-creation with the target group! A nice interface has been built with modular elements. The target group is small and the evaluation is limited in size, but the impact for the target group is large". According to the jury of Human Factors NL. "Lindsey Vermeer's thesis was distinguished by a clear written report, usability for children with muscle disease and innovative interfaces".

The Human Factors NL Thesis Award is awarded annually to theses of graduates from both universities of applied sciences and academic universities exhibiting excellence in the field of human factors and ergonomics. The thesis project may involve research and/or the development of a product, a service or a product-service combination.

The jury for the Human Factors NL Thesis Award 2020 consisted of:

  • Prof. Dr Hein Daanen, Free University (chairman)
  • Dr Lottie Kuijt-Evers, The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Annechien Verkuyl, MSc, vhp human performance