View from control room into the two test rooms. Test room ceilings carry dome cameras with remote pan-tilt-zoom-focus which can be positioned in any of 11 locations. Consultants can run sessions independently on each side. Alternatively, consultants can watch participants collaborate "remotely" across the two test rooms.
A state-of-the-art facility for user-centered design
The University of Queensland Usability Laboratory (UQUL) hosts the research of CERG and is now part of UQ's contribution to NICTA's Cognitive and Organisational Systems Engineering (COSE) project.
On this page we describe the UQUL itself as well as some of the equipment we use in our research --- both UQUL equipment and more specialised CERG equipment. In 2009 we received funding from UQ's Major Equipment Infrastructure fund to perform a major upgrade of the UQUL equipment and also to equip the laboratory with portable units for AV recordings in field environments.
See photos of our first industry Short Course in 2004. We covered all aspects of user-centred design, including user testing of prototypes in the UQUL.
User testing session in progress. For commercial work a consultant-facilitator usually remains in the test room with the participant. Test rooms have been configured as office workstations, industrial control rooms, anesthesia workstations, command and control posts, and maintenance workshops, amongst other uses.