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Human Factors Cast

Human Factors Cast

Take a deeper look into the human element in our ever changing digital world. Human Factors Cast is a podcast that investigates the sciences of psychology, engineering, biomechanics, industrial design, physiology and anthropometry and how it affects our interaction with technology. Hosted by Nick Roome, Blake Arnsdorff, and Barry Kirby.

Recent Episodes

E245 - Human Robot Interaction will Change the Food Industry

May 13, 2022

This week on the show, we talk about how Human Robot Interaction will change the food industry. We also answer some questions from the community about combating disinformation through Human Factors/HCI/UX, preparing for gra…

Guest: Barry Kirby

E244 - Fixing Humanity's Broken Risk Perception to Save the Planet

May 6, 2022

This week on the show, we talk about humanity’s broken risk perception and how it is reversing global progress in (what the UN is calling) a ‘spiral of self-destruction’. We also answer some questions from the community abou…

Guest: Barry Kirby

E243 - How Human Factors Can Help Pilots Catch A Rocket Booster in Mid-Air

April 29, 2022

This week on the show, we talk about how a helicopter will attempt to catch a rocket booster in midair. We also answer some questions from the community about the reality of what the day-to-day is like for a UX designer/rese…

Guest: Barry Kirby

E242 - How Top Reviews Help Sway Consumer Decisions

April 22, 2022

This week on the show, we talk about how top reviews sway consumer decision-making. We also answer some questions from the community about representation in UX research, transitioning into the HF field and getting a mentor, …

Guest: Barry Kirby

E241 - How Giving Paramedics Jetpacks can Stop People from Dying

April 15, 2022

This week on the show, we talk about how paramedics might use jetpacks in the near future to save people’s lives. We also answer some questions from the community about how to push back on developer suggestions, advice for c…

Guest: Barry Kirby

Human Factors and Chill | Human Factors Hangout | Bonus Episode

April 8, 2022

Experiencing some technical issues behind the scenes so instead of a normal episode, we'll be hanging out and talking all things Human Factors. Join us as we answer questions live, and talk about our hopes for the future.

Guest: Barry Kirby

Recent Blog Posts

Human Factors Weekly News (05/17/22)

Human Factors Weekly News Welcome to the Human Factors Cast Weekly News Roundup, a weekly roundup of all news related to Human Factors, Psychology, Desi…

Human Factors Weekly News (05/10/22)

Human Factors Weekly News Welcome to the Human Factors Cast Weekly News Roundup, a weekly roundup of all news related to Human Factors, Psychology, Desi…

Human Factors Weekly News (05/03/22)

Human Factors Weekly News Welcome to the Human Factors Cast Weekly News Roundup, a weekly roundup of all news related to Human Factors, Psychology, Desi…

About the Hosts

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Nick Roome

Host/Producer

Nick is currently a Senior UX Researcher at Turvo in the Pacific Northwest, focused on developing innovative solutions and optimizing human performance for SaaS based supply chain logistics programs. Alongside colleague and friend, Blake Arnsdorff, Nick hosts and produces Human Factors Cast, a weekly podcast that investigates the sciences of human factors, psychology, engineering, biomechanics, industrial design, physiology and anthropometry and how it affects our interaction with technology. Nick’s other areas of interest include, but are not limited to virtual, augmented, and mixed reality, systems engineering, and artificially intelligent systems.

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Blake Arnsdorff

Co-Host

Blake is currently a UX Researcher at Facebook in San Diego California. Previously, Blake worked at Pacific Science & Engineering where he worked on bringing user-centered methods and design best practices to software systems of the United States Naval Fleet. He’s also taught for Design Lab, where he helps people learn the methods and science behind user experience in order to transition from their current career into the field of user experience. Alongside colleague and friend, Nick Roome, Blake co-hosts Human Factors Cast a weekly podcast, featuring news stories each week that highlight the importance of human factors considerations in design, development, and implementation of emerging technologies. Blake’s other areas of interest include design and development of web applications, virtual reality experiences, and mobile applications.

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Katie Sabo

Digital Media Production Research Assistant

Katie Sabo is currently an undergraduate student working on her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at CSULB, graduating in May of 2022. She serves as the CSULB HFES Student Chapter Outreach Coordinator with a focus on projects to increase member benefits, such as cross-club collaborations, organization of information into a central hub, documentation of processes, and monthly newsletter. Katie's current Human Factors interests include human factors in health care and accessibility in design.

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Kristen Brown

Digital Media Production Research Assistant

Kristen Brown is a second year Master of Science, Human Factors candidate at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and will be graduating May of 2022. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at CSULB in May of 2020. She has served as a member of the CSULB Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter for two years and is currently holding the position as Vice President. Her current Human Factors interests include robotics, cognitive factors related to decision making, memory and individual differences, human computer interaction, stress, and workload.

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Rachel Greenberg

Editorial Designer

Rachel Greenberg is a recent graduate from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) with a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Her passion lies in inclusive user-centered design and she hopes to work on ergonomic product designs in the future. Currently, Rachel provides formatting, image sourcing, and typography advising for the Human Factors Cast Digital Media Lab as an Editorial Designer.

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