Establishment of an Automotive Ergonomics and Usability Laboratory
Funded by State Planning Institute | 2007 - 2008
The project aimed to establish technical and methodological infrastructure for conducting design and user research for automotive industry. The main objectives were to support the Turkish Automotive Industry with research activities by developing novel research methodologies and know-how, during the product development phase. Another objective was to conduct academic studies and educate researchers that are needed in the automotive industry.
The UTEST Automotive Lab, established as a unit of Middle East Technical University CAD-CAM Robotics Center, has sufficient and contemporary infrastructure that can support the automotive industry in a wide range of research studies, and has been active by involving in extensive research projects since its establishment.
Establishment of Product Safety and Usability Laboratory
Funded by State Planning Institute | 2002 - 2003
The project aimed to establish technical infrastructure and know-how for conducting Product Safety and Usability Evaluation Tests under the roof of Middle East Technical University CAD-CAM Robotics Center. The objectives of the project were:
- Establishing a database for “product design responsibility” and “product related accidents”;
- Establishing technical and methodological infrastructure for the studies of product safety and usability;
- Providing test facilities for industry organizations;
- Conducting academic studies.
UTEST Product Usability Unit, which had been founded by this project, contains necessary and sufficient installation for conducting usability studies in any product or system that has interaction with users.