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The University of Southampton
Human Factors Research Unit (HFRU)

Short Courses

Short courses on Human Responses to Vibration
11th - 14th March 2014
to be held at Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton.

"Very useful course for my actual job" (Participant in 2013)

"Very informative discussion and interaction during the course" (Participant in 2012)

"The best instructional event I’ve ever attended in my lengthy career" (Participant in 2011)

"Very impressed with the facilities and the course" (Participant in 2010)

"An excellent panoramic about human response to vibration" (Participant in 2009)

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The Courses

We offer three courses that provide an insight into human responses to vibration in specified areas and explore applications of research:

Course A Vehicle ride and seating (2 days)

Course B Whole-body vibration (3 days)

Course C Human Responses to Vibration (4 days)

The courses are ideally suited to engineers, scientists and others seeking a good understanding of human effects of vibration and related regulations. The courses include lectures, laboratory tours and demonstrations.

Syllabus of each course will be available on this website in due course.

The course comprises lectures, laboratory tours and demonstrations, with topics covering:


Human Factors Research Unit, ISVR

The Human Factors Research Unit (HFRU) conducts fundamental and applied research, provides training and offers advices in matters related to human responses to vibration. The multi-disciplinary research areas include biodynamics, ride comfort, vibration-induced injuries and motion sickness. The unique facilities include motion simulation laboratory, human vibration library, and in-house developed software & hardware (HVLab).


The course fees are shown below. The fee includes course notes, lunches and refreshments at the University, and a course dinner on one evening, but does not include accommodation. Click here for a list of accommodation.

Course A Vehicle ride and seating: 2 days (11-12 March 2014) £550
Course B Whole-body vibration: 3 days (11-13 March 2014) £750
Course C Human responses to vibration: 4 days (11-14 March 2014) £900


Click here to go to online booking page. (payment required)

Cancellation policy

Please note that there will be no refund of fees for cancellations received at ISVR less than two weeks before the start of a course. For cancellations received between four weeks and two weeks prior to the start of a course, 50 percent of the fee will be refunded. Cancellations made by telephone will be accepted if confirmed immediately in writing. Personnel substitutions, however, may be made at any time.


The course will be held at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, on the University of Southampton main Highfield Campus.

Course Programme (subject to change)

Day 1 (Courses A, B, and C)

8.45 – 9.00 Registration
9.00 – 10.30 (1) Introduction to human responses to vibration
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.30 Laboratory tour
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 (2) Perception of vibration
15.15 – 15.30 Tea
15.30 – 17.00 (3) Biodynamic responses
19.00 – Course dinner


Day 2 (Courses A, B, and C)

9.00 – 10.30 (4) Seating dynamics
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.30 (5) Whole-body vibration and health
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 (6) Vibration discomfort
15.15 – 15.30 Tea
15.30 – 17.00 (7) EU Directives
Closure of course A

Day 3 (Courses B, and C)

9.00 – 10.30 (8) Whole-body vibration and human performance
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.30 (9) Building vibration
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 (10) Motion sickness
15.15 – 15.30 Tea
15.30 – 17.00 Demonstration of motion simulators and vibration measurements

Closure of course B


Day 4 (Course C)

9.00 – 10.30 (11) Hand-arm vibration syndrome
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee
11.00 – 12.30 Demonstration of diagnosis
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch
13.45 – 15.15 (12) Measurement, evaluation and assessment of hand-transmitted vibration
15.15 – 15.30 Tea
Closure of course C  



Name (alphabetical order)

Professor Michael Griffin (Head of HFRU) All aspects of human responses to vibration

Dr. Henrietta Howarth (Senior Research Fellow)

Building vibration
Dr. Yi Qiu (Senior Lecturer) Biodynamics, Vehicle dynamics
Dr. Miyuki Morioka(Lecturer) Ride comfort, Perception



Completed enrolment forms (online booking) should be made no later than 28th February 2014. 

If you have any questions or requests for the course programme, please contact to Dr Morioka (

Dr Miyuki Morioka

Lecturer, Course Organiser

Human Factors Research Unit, ISVR,

University of Southampton,

Highfield, Southampton,

SO17 1BJ, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2277

Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2927


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