LEIF Exchange: Projects

Kathrin Probst

  • involved student Kathrin Probst  →
  • type of project Student Exchange Project
  • period of time 2012/05–2012/09
  • exchange from Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (Media Interaction Lab) to University of Calgary (Innovations in Visualization Laboratory)
  • supervisors Prof. Michael Haller,
    Prof. Sheelagh Carpendale

ActiveOffice Activity Tracking

Today, work-related musculoskeletal disorders have become one of the most common chronic diseases of modern society. The goal of this project is the demonstration of a paradigm shift in workplace design for sustained prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and presents a new way of working “in motion”. Therefore, the work in this project includes investigations to understand how people carry out their usual office work in a prototypic Active Office workplace (qualitative & quantitative analysis of a field study; 4 weeks; 5 participants). Further, an information visualization concept is developed, which supports increased physical activity during seated office work (visualization of dynamic/static sitting behavior on a flexible office chair).

The goals of this project are:

  • analyzing current sitting/standing behavior (field study)
  • providing awareness of sitting/standing times
  • supporting physical activity during office work
  • promoting “active sitting” behavior

Additional website: http://mi-lab.org/projects/active-office/