Ao Jiang

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·Address: Dyson School of Design Engineering, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ , UK 

·Telephone:  +44 (0 ) 75 29822572                                                             

Affiliation :

Imperial College London,UK; EuroMoonMars ESA, Netherlands                                                             

Major in :

HCI | Interaction Design | Spaceflight | Human Factors


Director of FISH4MOONMARS                                                                                                          

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Ao Jiang holds BEng and MSc in Industrial Design and he earned his PhD in Human Factors Design for Human Spaceflight at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. During this time he joined the EuroMoonMars group at the European Space Agency - ESTEC, where he conducted research on the effects of visual stress on crew members in different gravity states with the support of this institution. From September to December 2020, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Cambridge. He was also awarded a grant from the China Astronaut Research & Training Centre to help investigate colour and lighting design in long-term isolated confined environments.

Dr Ao Jiang is currently a CSC and ESA-EuroMoonMars funded Human Factors Design Fellow at Imperial College London, investigating the physiological, psychological and behavioural needs and habitability design for long-term isolation in healthcare and for patients with infectious diseases, as part of an extended study for long-term deep space exploration and future Moon and Mars habitat investigations. 

Dr Ao Jiang leads the International Spaceflight Human Factors Design Group (FISH4MOONMARS) at ILEWG and coordinates human factors and design issues for 12 space mission simulation teams around the world, interfacing with the China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, and the Japan Mars Society. Part of ILEWG, the research group is a joint initiative of the Global Space-Moon-Mars Mission Analogue Simulation to investigate the scientific ambitions of human factors and design issues during future deep space exploration, contributing to real space missions. 

He has been working on intelligent product design and human factors. There is a strong interest in human factors assessment and human-centred design, particularly exploring the various types of responses to human-system-environment interactions. This can provide evidence for better human experiences and better behavioural performance during interaction or manipulation. His research has been published in approximately 20 journals and international conferences including Applied Ergonomics, Space: Science & Technology and Colour Research and Applications, and has been granted 15 patents for inventions. 

Dr Ao Jiang has received numerous research grants from government (e.g. National Social Science Foundation, Ministry of Education Collaborative Education Fund, China Scholarship Council PhD Research Fund) and industry (e.g. Huawei, China Astronaut Research and Training Centre, European Space Agency) and has supervised over 30 undergraduate and master's students to complete and obtain research grants for various universities in the UK (e.g. University College London, Royal College of Art, London College of Art, University of Leeds, Loughborough University, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow) and overseas (e.g. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Politecnico di Milano). 

He holds a number of positions in other academic organisations. he is a member of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (2020-2025), a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (2020-2030), a member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), session chair of the International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2022) , a member of Space Renaissance International (2020- 2030) and reviewer for the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (2021-2023). 

Dr Ao Jiang is a guest editor of JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a regular reviewer for academic journals including Space: Science & Technology, Acta Astronautica, Advances in Space Research, applied ergonomics, colour research and application, etc. 

Research interests 

Dr Ao Jiang focuses on intelligent product design and human factors design. His current research interests include human factors design for human spaceflight and Mars/moon exploration, healthcare design, and human-machine-environment interaction design. 

1. Human Factors Design for Manned Spaceflight and Mars/Moon Exploration 

He has core expertise in human factors design for manned spaceflight and Mars/Moon exploration and has worked closely with many academic organisations and companies in these fields. He is particularly interested in measuring and modelling human factors issues and optimising design methods in space missions and habitat analogues. He is currently very active in the areas of habitat colour, lighting and how to assess visual stress. 

2. Healthcare design 

He is interested in human-centred healthcare design. He is currently working closely with Cambridge University, Imperial College, the NHS and a number of hospitals in China. The main focus is on the digital design of chronic diseases and the optimal design of wards where patients with infectious diseases reside. His current project is the design of habitability of living spaces for short-term isolated people and long-term isolation of TB patients in the context of covid-19. 

3. Human-machine-environment interaction design 

He is interested in the design and development of digital solutions tailored to the needs and preferences of specific users. Virtual digital interaction is a key theme that he is very interested in exploring. This includes digitally based computer-environment interactions, designed and measured using human-centred design, psychology, physiology-related knowledge and methods. Current emerging projects are using brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and physiological measurements to help understand the behaviour, interactions, cognition and emotions of individuals when interacting with digital interfaces. 






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