Human factors in amusement rides and attractions

Virtual visit to Queen’s U
Themed Entertainment Development Team (QTEDT)

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. (IEA)

Topics discussed in the talk include these past projects.

Model of Safety Inspection

Rider error prevalence

Operation interface design

Rider eligibility:
Disability and participation
Determining participation eligibility
InPark magazine series “I am not an ADA guest”

Kathryn Woodcock main page

THRILL Lab main page

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Toronto Metropolitan University Thrill Design Competition (TMTDC)

Other links

Master’s program in Occupational and Public Health

Master of Digital Media

Author: Kathryn Woodcock

Dr. Kathryn Woodcock is Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors engineering / ergonomics particularly applied to amusement rides and attractions (, and to broader occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility.