The practice of ergonomics aims to take into account the characteristics of human activities in the design of work situations. Ergonomics research aims to understand and model the human being at work as well as the ways in which the situations in which he or she evolves are transformed. The ESC thus develops project management methodologies (technical, architectural, organisational) integrating the effects of the future activity of users on the performance and safety of the system, on the basis of an in-depth knowledge of the work of users and project actors (decision-making process). This research work is carried out through iterative capitalisation within the framework of laboratory-company contracts, which implies a high level of reactivity with regard to emerging problems.

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Institutional context

The team “Ergonomics of Complex Systems” (ESC) brings together researchers in charge of the teachings of ergonomics at the University of Bordeaux, including Master “cognitive science and human factors.” It is associated with the specialty “ergonomics” of the Graduate School “companies, policy, public health” (ED SP2 No. 303 – “human sciences”).

Scientific presentation

The scientific tradition of this theme since 1993 is the development of project management methods to business actors to deal with emerging issues in the field of labor and health. Thus, during the period 2009-2014, taking into account developments in social demand, the research focused on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial risks, and industrial accidents, through actions devoted specifically to work organization.

A particular emphasis was placed on the debate layout forms of work and activity of managers and employee representatives. The development of organizational simulation methods is one of the key results. The approach of these themes has recently led to building links with lawyers and management researchers.

This theme is based on the technical and organizational simulation for the production of research results, methods of designing products or systems user-centric.

ERGO research team

ERGO teams skills

Taking into account the human factor in the design of systems

Supporting the design/transformation of work systems

Analysing the links between health and organisation

Training of design actors and preventionists

Analysing human activities

Structuring and supporting project management (organisational, architectural and technical)

Analyse the work of managers


Collaborations and partners

For the various research projects underway, the IMS Bordeaux laboratory and its teams rely on strong partnerships and collaborations, which allow for the creation of a synergy of strengths and a sharing of technical and human resources


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Conseil régional N-A


CHU de Bordeaux


Ministère de la justice


Ville de Limoges


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Meet the members of the research team

Bernard DUGUÉ
Alexandra WARTEL
Johann PETIT
Résumé en français

La pratique de l’ergonomie vise la prise en compte des caractéristiques des activités humaines dans la conception de situations de travail. La recherche en ergonomie a pour objectif de comprendre et de modéliser l’homme au travail ainsi que les modalités de transformation des situations dans lesquelles il évolue. L’ESC développe ainsi des méthodologies de conduite de projet (technique, architectural, organisationnel) intégrant les effets de l’activité future des utilisateurs sur la performance et la sécurité du système, sur la base d’une connaissance approfondie du travail des utilisateurs et des acteurs du projet (processus de décision). Ce travail de recherche s’effectue par une capitalisation itérative dans le cadre de contrats laboratoire-entreprises, ce qui implique une forte réactivité par rapport aux problèmes émergents.

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