It was with great pleasure in May this year (2017) that InnovaSpace Scientific Director Thais Russomano met up with students from the Undergraduate Course in Biomedical Informatics of the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA). Thais accepted the invitation of the students and Professor Dr. Juliana Herbert to present the lecture "Life in Microgravity and its Simulations on Earth”, as part of the II Academic Week of Biomedical Informatics at UFCSPA.
The Biomedical Informatics Undergraduate Course first began its activities in 2015 and has two areas of activity: Health Informatics and Bioinformatics. The course curriculum is composed of courses related to Computer Science and to Healthcare, and is very much interdisciplinary in essence. The 3rd year of the course sees students undertake a module in "Human Machine Interface", in which topics such as cognitive and perceptive psychology, ergonomics, semiotic engineering and interface evaluation methods are discussed, considering characteristics such as usability, communicability and accessibility.
As a practical activity, the course students from UFCSPA have been evaluating the usability of interfaces of the InnovaSpace website, based on a set of 10 usability heuristics proposed by Jakob Nielsen. Nine students applied each heuristic, evaluating it with pre-defined severity degrees and also making observations. The jury is still out at the moment and the InnovaSpace team are eagerly awaiting results from the evaluation report, hoping not too many usability issues have been found with the website!
Our thanks go out to the students from the Biomedical Informatics course for taking the time to examine our site with such enthusiasm, and to Dr Juliana Herbert for the interest and support she has shown to InnovaSpace.
Dr. Herbert is a Professor at UFCSPA, teaching and researching in Software Engineering, primarily software testing, software metrics and human computer interaction, in the context of the Biomedical Informatics career. She also coordinates the Internal Quality Nucleus, working with process management. Dr. Herbert holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science, with her dissertation focused on software validation and verification. She is also a Senior Consultant of Herbert Consulting, working in software development and process management projects with companies from Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal and the United States, and an associate researcher of the Basic Sciences Development Program (PEDEClBA-UdelaR) of the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Blog written by Mary Upritchard in conjunction with Dr. Juliana Herbert