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David Feathers, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University
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Biographical Statement:

Dave Feathers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University. Before coming to Cornell, Feathers was a postdoctoral research associate at The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA), University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His training is in engineering, anthropology, assistive technology, and universal design.

At Cornell, Feathers teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human factors/ergonomics in the context of universal design. He founded and directs the ARIA Lab (Arthritis Research for Inclusive Access), which aims to assess and improve the products and environments we interact with on a day-to-day basis. The human factors/ergonomics research at ARIA uses a combination of traditional and new 3D measurement technologies to assess and model current or proposed designs of the built environment. Universal design interventions intended to improve human-environment interactions are tested. Current and recently completed research projects have investigated the usability of portable multitouch medical devices, multitouch computing for workplace applications, addressing physical access to primary care, and universal design for health at home.

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