Joseph Giacomin

Summary

joseph-giacomin

Joseph Giacomin is Director of the Human Centred Design Institute (HCDI) which performs research leading to products, systems and services which are physically, perceptually, cognitively and emotionally intuitive to their users. He teaches modules in Human Factors and in Perception Enhancement. Joseph Giacomin performs research in the area of perception enhancement. The goal is to identify the key ambient stimuli which stimulate the detection and classification of real world events. The knowledge is built into the interfaces of products, systems and services, increasing interaction and emotional response. Perception enhancement is a multi-disciplinary activity involving elements of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, digital signal processing, interaction design, philosophy, psychophysics, receptor physiology and social science. A particular emphasis of the research has been the information carrying potential and the sensory branding of automotive stimuli, such as those of the steering. Mostly recently the emphasis has been on energy sixth sense, a new design approach for achieving energy and carbon emissions reduction though perceptual characteristics which stimulate emotion and emotional intelligence. Joseph Giacomin has a Ph.D. from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom and has both Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. U.S.A.. He has worked for both the American military and the European automobile industry, where, as the head of the Human Factors Group of the Centro Ricerche Fiat in Turin he studied problems of vehicle ergonomics. Over the years he has participated in numerous EU and UK research projects and has produced more than 60 publications. Most recently he has published his book Thermal - seeing the world through 21st century eyes. Joseph Giacomin is a member of the editorial boards of Ergonomics in Design, Ergonomics, and the International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration (IJVNV). He is a Fellow of the UK Ergonomics Society (FErgS), a member of the Societá Italiana di Ergonomia (SIE), of the Associazione Per Il Disegno Industriale (ADI) and of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). He is both a member of the management committee of the Doctorate Research Programme in Human Sciences of Universitá di Torino and a grant reviewer for the Italian Ministry for University Research (MUIR).

Professional qualifications

F.Erg.S, PhD, MME, BME

Personal websites

http://hcdi.brunel.ac.uk
http://www.perceptionenhancement.com/
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/joseph-giacomin/9/537/273
http://www.jotta.com/jotta/artists/Joseph?project=505843
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery/artist_profile/a/110842.html

Responsibilities

  • Associate Editor of Ergonomics in Design
  • Associate Editor of Ergonomics
  • Associate Editor of the International Journal of Vehicle Sound and Vibration (IJVNV).
  • Fellow of the UK Ergonomics Society (F.Erg.S.)
  • Member of the Societá Italiana di Ergonomia (SIE)
  • Member of the Associazione Per Il Disegno Industriale (ADI)
  • Member of the Associazione Tecnica dell'Automobile (ATA)
  • Member of the Management Committee of the Doctorate Research Programme in Human Sciences of the University of Torino.
  • Member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS)

Research area(s)

  • Human Centred Design
  • Perception Enhancement
  • Energy Sixth Sense
  • Sensory Metaphysics

Specialities:

Professor and Director of the Human Centred Design Institute (HCDI), lecturing in Human Factors and specialising in Human Centred Design, Perception Enhancement and Energy Sixth Sense.

Research

Teaching/Supervision

Teaching

  • Physical Human Factors in Design
  • Perceptual Human Factors in Design

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Lim, Y. , Nickpour, F.  and Giacomin, J.   (2016)   'Beyond accessible mobility: Insights into psychosocial inclusivity dimensions in personal transport'. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 229 pp. 571 - 581. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-684-2-571 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2014)   'What is human centred design?'. Design Journal, 17 (4).  pp. 606 - 623. doi: 10.2752/175630614X14056185480186 Download publication 

Macredie, R. , Kim, H.  and Giacomin, J.   (2014)   'A qualitative study of stakeholders' perspectives on the social network service environment'. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 30 (12).  doi: 10.1080/10447318.2014.925383 Download publication 

Tajadura-Jiménez, A. , Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2013)   'Editorial'. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 9 (1-2).  pp. 1 - 3. 

Ajovalasit, M. , Tajadura-Jiménez, A. , Shabani, A.  and Giacomin, J.   (2013)   'Human emotional response to steering wheel vibration in automobiles'. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 9 (1/2).  pp. 109 - 128. doi: 10.1504/IJVNV.2013.053820 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Bertola, D.   (2012)   'Human emotional response to energy visualisations'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 42 (6).  pp. 542 - 552. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2012.07.006 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M. , Giacomin, J.  and Tajadura, A.   (2011)   'Special issue on human emotional response to sound and vibration in automobiles'. International Journal of Vehicle Sound and Vibration

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2010)   'Special issue on human perception of sound and vibration in automobiles'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 224 (10).  

Giacomin, J.   (2010)   'The sixth sense'. NEW SCIENTIST, 208 (2791).  pp. 26 - 26. doi: 10.1016/S0262-4079(10)63099-0 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2010)   'SPECIAL ISSUE ON HUMAN PERCEPTION OF SOUND AND VIBRATION IN AUTOMOBILES'. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART D-JOURNAL OF AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING, 224 (D10).  pp. I - ii. 

Berber Solano, TP. , Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2010)   'Facilitating the driver detection of road surface type by selective manipulation of the steering-wheel acceleration signal'. Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automotive Engineering, 224 (10).  pp. 1321 - 1333. doi: 10.1243/09544070JAUTO1391 Download publication 

Rodgers, P.  and Giacomin, J.   (2009)   'Grouop effort'. New Design. pp. 30 - 31. 

Abbott, M. , Holland, R. , Giacomin, J.  and Shackleton, J.   (2009)   'Changing affective content in brand and product attributes'. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 18 (1).  pp. 17 - 26. doi: 10.1108/10610420910933335 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2009)   'A survey study of steering wheel vibration and sound in automobiles at idle'. Engineering Integrity, 26 pp. 6 - 14. Download publication 

Jeon, B. , Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2009)   'Effects of gender differences on the subjective perceived intensity of steering wheel rotational vibration based on a multivariate regression model'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 39 (5).  pp. 736 - 743. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2009.02.010 Download publication 

Abbott, M. , Holland, R. , Giacomin, J.  and Shackleton, J.   (2009)   'Changing the affective content in brand and product attributes'. Journal of Product and Brand Management, 18 (1).  pp. 17 - 26. doi: 10.1108/10610420910933335 

Antonelli, MG. , Zobel, PB.  and Giacomin, J.   (2009)   'Use of MMG signals for the control of powered orthotic devices: Development of a rectus femoris measurement protocol'. Assistive Technology, 21 (1).  pp. 1 - 12. doi: 10.1080/10400430902945678 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2009)   'Non-linear dependancy of the subjective perceived intensity of steering wheel rotational vibration'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 39 (1).  pp. 58 - 67. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2008.08.002 Download publication 

Hacaambwa, TM.  and Giacomin, J.   (2007)   'Subjective response to seated fore-and-aft direction whole-body vibration'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37 (1).  pp. 61 - 72. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2006.09.017 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2007)   'Life and soul'. Newdesign, 49 pp. 32 - 35. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2007)   'Perception enhancement for steer-by-wire systems'. ATA Ingegneria dell'autoveicolo, 58 (8/9).  Download publication 

Giacomin, JA.   (2007)   'Apparent mass of small children: Modelling'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37 (3).  pp. 183 - 195. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2006.10.010 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2007)   'Effect of automobile operating condition on the subjective equivalence of steering wheel vibration and sound'. International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 3 (2).  pp. 197 - 215. doi: 10.1504/IJVNV.2007.014905 Download publication 

Abdullah, S. , Choi, JC. , Giacomin, J.  and Yates, JR.   (2006)   'Bump extraction algorithm for variable amplitude fatigue loading'. International Journal of Fatigue, 28 (7).  pp. 675 - 691. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2005.09.003 Download publication 

Gnanasekaran, S. , Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2006)   'Driver estimation of steering wheel vibration intensity: laboratory-based tests'. Engineering Integrity, 20 (1).  pp. 25 - 31. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2005)   'Self-reported upper body discomfort due to driving: Effect of driving experience, gender and automobile age'. Zeitschrift fur Arbeitswissenschaft, 5 pp. 409 - 418. Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2005)   'Human subjective response to steering wheel vibration caused by diesel engine idle'. Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automotive Engineering, 219 (4).  pp. 499 - 510. doi: 10.1243/095440705X11167 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2005)   'Absorbed power of small children'. Clinical Biomechanics, 20 (4).  pp. 372 - 380. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2004.12.001 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Woo, YJ.   (2005)   'Steering system vibration: Information and perception enhancement'. Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift, 107 (5).  pp. 422 - 429. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Screti, A.   (2005)   'Upper body discomfort due to driving: effect of driving experience, gender and vehicle age'. Zeitschrift Arbeitswissenschaft, 5/2005 pp. 409 - 418. 

Scarpa, F. , Giacomin, J. , Zhang, Y.  and Pastorino, P.   (2005)   'Mechanical performance of auxetic polyurethane foam for antivibration glove applications'. Cellular Polymers, 24 (5).  pp. 253 - 268. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Fustes, F.   (2005)   'Subjective equivalence of steering wheel vibration and sound'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 35 (6).  pp. 517 - 526. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2004.11.004 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Gnanasekaran, S.   (2005)   'Driver estimation of steering wheel vibration intensity: Questionnaire-based survey'. Engineering Integrity, 18 (1).  pp. 23 - 29. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Woo, YJ.   (2005)   'A study of human ability to detect road surface type based on steering wheel vibration feedback'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 219 (11).  pp. 1259 - 1270. doi: 10.1243/095440705X34955 Download publication 

Abdullah, S. , Giacomin, JA.  and Yates, JR.   (2004)   'A mission synthesis algorithm for fatigue damage analysis'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 218 (3).  pp. 243 - 258. doi: 10.1243/095440704322955786 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Woo, YJ.   (2004)   'Beyond comfort: Information content and perception enhancement'. Engineering Integrity, 16 (1).  pp. 8 - 16. Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2004)   'Human perception of diesel engine idle vibration'. ATA Ingegneria dell'Autoveicolo, 57 (5/6).  pp. 52 - 56. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2004)   'Apparent mass of small children: Experimental measurements'. Ergomomics, 47 (13).  pp. 1454 - 1474. doi: 10.1080/00140130412331290817 Download publication 

Giacomin, J. , Shayaa, MS. , Dormegnie, E.  and Richard, L.   (2004)   'Frequency weighting for the evaluation of steering wheel rotational vibration'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 33 (6).  pp. 527 - 541. doi: 10.1016/j.ergon.2003.12.005 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2003)   'Analysis of variations in diesel engine idle vibration'. Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 217 (10).  pp. 921 - 933. doi: 10.1243/095440703769683324 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Gallo, S.   (2003)   'In-vehicle vibration study of child safety seats'. Ergonomics, 46 (15).  pp. 1500 - 1512. doi: 10.1080/0014013032000121642 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2002)   'A practical guide to usability testing by Dumas, JS and JC Redish. Exeter: Intellect, pp.404, ISBN 1-84150-020-8'. Ergonomics, 45 (1).  pp. 82 - 83. doi: 10.1080/0014013011011411 

Steinwolf, A. , Giacomin, JA.  and Staszewski, WJ.   (2002)   'On the need for bump event correction in vibration test profiles representing road excitations in automobiles'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 216 (4).  pp. 279 - 295. doi: 10.1243/0954407021529110 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Mackenzie, TJP.   (2001)   'Human sensitivity to gearshift loads'. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 27 (3).  pp. 187 - 195. doi: 10.1016/S0169-8141(00)00049-4 Download publication 

Giacomin, J.   (2000)   'Some observations regarding the vibrational environment in child safety seats'. Applied Ergonomics, 31 (2).  pp. 207 - 215. doi: 10.1016/S0003-6870(99)00034-4 Download publication 

Giacomin, J. , Steinwolf, A.  and Staszewski, WJ.   (2000)   'An algorithm for mildly nonstationary mission synthesis (MNMS)'. Engineering Integrity, 7 pp. 44 - 56. Download publication 

Bocking, J. , Giacomin, J. , Heidrich, M. , Kyprianou, A.  and Worden, K.   (2000)   'Differential evolution based identification of automotive hydraulic engine mount model parameters'. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 214 (3).  pp. 249 - 264. 

Giacomin, J.  and Quattrocolo, S.   (1997)   'An analysis of human comfort when entering and exiting the rear seat of an automobile'. Applied Ergonomics, 28 (5-6).  pp. 397 - 406. doi: 10.1016/S0003-6870(97)00001-X 

Giacomin, J.   (1991)   'Neural network simulation of an automotive shock absorber'. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 4 (1).  pp. 59 - 64. doi: 10.1016/0952-1976(91)90069-I 

Books

Giacomin, J.   (2010) Thermal: Seeing the World Through 21st Century Eyes.  Andreas Papadakis Publishers 

Conference papers

Giuliano, L. , Germak, C.  and Giacomin, J.   (2017)   'Effect of Driving Context On Design Dialogue' , 8th Int. Conf. on Applied Human factors and Ergonomics AHFE. Los Angeles, California, USA. [unpublished].  Download publication 

Gkatzidou, V. , Giacomin, J.  and Skrypchuk, L.   (2016)   'Automotive Habitat Laboratory: a facility for automotive co-design.' , Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics. Orlando, Florida, USA. [unpublished].  Download publication 

Ramm, S. , Giacomin, J. , Robertson, D.  and Malizia, A.   (2014)   'A first approach to understanding and measuring naturalness in driver-car interaction' . doi: 10.1145/2667317.2667416 Download publication 

Ajovalasit, M. , Shabani, A. , Tajadura, A.  and Giacomin, J.   (2012)   'Affective reactions to vibro-tactile events: A case study in automotive applications' . 

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2007)   'Hand-arm equal sensation curves for steering wheel rotational vibration' , 11th International Conference on Hand-Arm Vibration. Bolgna, Italy. 3 - 7 June. National Research Council (NRC). Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Berber-Solano, TP.   (2006)   'Effect of transient event frequency content and scale on the human detection of road surface type' , Joint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting. Gothenburg, Sweden. 8 - 10 November. BNAM. Download publication 

Giacomin, J.  and Woo, YJ.   (2006)   'The role of the scale and the frequency bandwidth of steering wheel vibration on road surface recognition' , 8th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC '06). Taipei, Taiwan. 20 - 24 August. [unpublished].  Download publication 

Antonelli, M. , Zobel, PB.  and Giacomin, J.   (2006)   'The muscle myogram as a control signal for use in powered limb orthosis' , 8th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis. [unpublished].  

Ajovalasit, M.  and Giacomin, J.   (2006)   'Effect of automobile operating condition on the subjective equivalence of steering wheel vibration and sound' , International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA2006). Leuven, Belgium. 18 - 20 September. Noise and Vibration Research Group, pp. 1767 - 1780. Download publication 

Staszewski, WJ.  and Giacomin, J.   (1997)   'Application of the wavelet based FRFs to the analysis of nonstationary vehicle data' , 15th International Modal Analysis Conference - Current Horizon for Structural Damage Detection (IMAC)

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