Model of ergonomic machine rooms.

Prevention, lifestyle and ergonomics

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and allergies together account for more than 70% of deaths worldwide. Lifestyle, diet and physical activity play a very important part in ensuring good health throughout a person’s life. Meanwhile, workplaces, towns and cities, homes and the environment are developing rapidly, giving rise to new behaviours, working methods, ways of life and interaction with technology and other people. These changes are sometimes linked to unforeseen threats to working environments, health and wellbeing.

 

With an ageing population, the number of people who need assistive devices will increase, and in parallel clearer demands are being placed on accessibility and safety for people with functional variations – which impacts the design of buildings, public spaces and products. All these challenges require new approaches to improve the prevention of diseases and injuries, and to promote wellbeing.

 

Chalmers conducts research in many disciplines with great potential to address modern health challenges in these fields. This profile area has the ambition of combining forces and furthering Chalmers’ research into preventive and health-promoting behaviours and technical solutions, in both everyday life and working life. It brings together competence in various subjects including architecture, product design, ergonomics, work organisation, food and nutrition science, data science, AI, water and air pollutants.

 

Development and implementation of new technology, new approaches and technical solutions will form the core of Chalmers’ activities within the profile area.​

Published: Mon 20 Jan 2020.