S. Borsci (Simone)

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I am Assistant Professor of Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics at University of Twente. I am also recently nominated Honorary Senior Fellow of Human Factor for Health Technology at Imperial College, and I am collaborating with The UK NIHR MIC London Diagnostics unit for research on medical devices.  

|Research interests Human factors and ergonomics; HCI/HRI, interaction with technology and artefacts, usability and accessibility studies, user experience analysis in ubiquitous computing contexts, modelling of human behaviour, health and disability service and product design, matching people and technology, qualitative and quantitative research of applied psychology using multivariate and predictive statistical techniques.

|Work Experience I have several years professional working experience as specialists for usability, UX and human factors in a range of interdisciplinary projects, both in academia and industry where I have worked as a consultant in relation to user experience. I am currently Assistant Professor of Human Factors and Cognitive Ergonomics at Twente University, at the department of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics. From 2015 to 2018, I was Fellow and co-lead of the Human factors unit of the NIHR DEC London at the department of surgery and cancer of Imperial College. My role was to support manufacturers and innovators with evidence to develop and manage barriers to adoption of new medical technologies e.g. point of care and portable medical devices. Since 2013, I was a research fellow at Human Factors Research Group at The University of Nottingham, for the Live Augmented Reality Training Environments (LARTE) project with Jaguar Land Rover. I undertaken experimental analysis on Human and Virtual/Augmented reality interaction for training operators abilities and skills. From 2011 to 2013 I was researcher at Brunel University where I have undertaken research on different topics such as medical device technologies and user perspectives, user experience of interaction, preferences elicitation and usability testing. Moreover, I have also worked as a researcher for the Accessible lifelong Learning for Higher Education project (EU4ALL) funded by the European sixth framework programme, where I was the lead of the Italian group for the accessibility and usability testing of the e-learning system developed by the EU4ALL consortium. At the beginning of my carrier, from 2008 to 2011, I was teaching professor for different modules e.g, psychology of learning and disability, etc. at the University of Perugia, in Italy.

|Expertise I have extensive experience in the design of ethnographic, remote testing, and in-house/laboratory studies and in designing and using survey questionnaires, think aloud, focus groups and interviews. I am experienced in quantitative data analysis using different multivariate data analysis techniques such as factor analysis, multiple linear and non-linear regression analysis and clustering. I have extensive experience of undertaking quantitative data analysis using the IBM SPSS statistics software (and its syntax), and R software. I am also particularly expert in predictive statistics such as bootstrap and Monte Carlo techniques.


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Biomedical Technology Assessment
Virtual Reality


Borsci, S., Buckle, P., Walne, S., & Salanitri, D. (2018). Trust and Human Factors in the Design of Healthcare Technology. In S. Bagnara, R. Tartaglia, S. Albolino, T. Alexander, & Y. Fujita (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018): Volume VII: Ergonomics in Design, Design for All, Activity Theories for Work Analysis and Design, Affective Design (Vol. 824, pp. 207-215). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 824). Springer Verlag.
Polisena, J., Castaldo, R., Ciani, O., Federici, C., Borsci, S., Ritrovato, M., & Pecchia, L. (2018). Health technology asessment methods guidelines for medical devices: how can we address the gaps? The International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering Perspective. International journal of technology assessment in health care. DOI: 10.1017/S0266462318000314
Roberts, H. W., Myerscough, J., Borsci, S., Ni, M., & O'Brart, D. P. S. (2018). Time and motion studies of National Health Service cataract theatre lists to determine strategies to improve efficiency. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 109(9), 1259-1267. [2017-310452]. DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310452
Borsci, S., Uchegbu, I., Buckle, P., Ni, Z., Walne, S., & Hanna, G. B. (2018). Designing medical technology for resilience: integrating health economics and human factors approaches. Expert review of medical devices, 15(1), 15-26. DOI: 10.1080/17434440.2018.1418661
Borsci, S., Buckle, P., Uchegbu, I., Ni, M., Walne, S., & Hanna, G. B. (2017). Integrating human factors and health economics to inform the design of medical device. In H. Eskola, O. Vaisanen, J. Viik, & J. Hyttinen (Eds.), EMBEC & NBC 2017: Joint Conference of the European Medical and Biological Engineering Conference (EMBEC) and the Nordic-Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics (NBC), Tampere, Finland, June 2017 (Vol. 65, pp. 49-52). (IFMBE Proceedings; Vol. 65). DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-5122-7_13
Borsci, S., Buckle, P., Huddy, J., Alaestante, Z., Ni, Z., & Hanna, G. B. (2017). Usability study of pH strips for nasogastric tube placement. PLoS ONE, 12(11), [e0189013]. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189013
Borsci, S., Kuljis, J., Barnett, J., & Pecchia, L. (2016). Beyond the User Preferences: Aligning the Prototype Design to the Users' Expectations. Human Factors and Ergonomics In Manufacturing, 26(1), 16-39. DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20611
Borsci, S., Lawson, G., Jha, B., Burges, M., & Salanitri, D. (2016). Effectiveness of a multidevice 3D virtual environment application to train car service maintenance procedures. Virtual reality, 20(1), 41-55. DOI: 10.1007/s10055-015-0281-5

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Universiteit Twente
Faculteit Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus (gebouwnr. 41), kamer B333
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Universiteit Twente
Faculteit Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Cubicus  B333
Postbus 217
7500 AE Enschede