Dimitris Nathanael

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Dimitris Nathanael is a lecturer at the Sector of Industrial Management & Operations Research of the School of Mechanical Engineering where he teaches ergonomics and occupational safety management. Between 2004 and 2009 he was visiting lecturer at the University of the Aegean teaching ergonomics and applied cognitive science at the Department of Product and Systems Design. He holds an Engineering diploma in Production Engineering & Management science, Technical University of Crete, a Graduate degree D.E.A. in Ergonomics, from the Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers (C.N.A.M.) in France, and a PhD in the field of Cognitive Ergonomics, from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the President of the Hellenic Ergonomics Society. He is a certified European Ergonomist (EurErg) and has served as the national representative of Greece in the Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists (CREE). Before joining the academia, Dimitris worked for many years as a consultant in Ergonomics and occupational safety, which he is still practicing alongside his academic affairs.
His scientific interests concentrate on individual and collaborative activity mediated by information technology artifacts. Topics of interest include: theories of human activity, phenomenology, cultural - cognitive anthropology, modeling of joint cognitive systems using domain specific ontologies, individual and collaborative activity mediated by information technology artifacts.


Email:dnathan@central.ntua.gr
Telephone:+30 210 772 3938

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1995 - 2001: Partner at " Ergonomia S.A ", Consultants in Ergonomics, Health and Safety at Work, in Athens, Greece.

Ergonomics & Human Computer Interaction projects, include:


East Telemedicine - Setup project (ET-Setup). In the frame of the EU supported Copernicus concerted action. Process mapping and re-engineering of medical assistance companies in eastern European countries. Numerous field investigations and analysis of working procedures and practices in the premises of medical assistance companies notably in France, Germany, Russia, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia and Bulgaria. (Ergonomia Ltd. was subcontractor to MEDES Institut de Medecine et Physiologie Spatiales).


Hellenic Red Cross Medical Advice Center for mariners (HRC-MAC). Development of a medical case management application, applying user centered methodology, and rapid prototyping technics. The resulting application is currently in operation at HRC-MAC and features an innovative pen based (hand writing) interface


ET-Assist "European Telemedicine for Medical Assistance" In the frame of a Health Telematics project of DG XIII. Functional & Operational Specifications for Remote 1st Aid Pilot. Contribution includes User needs Analysis, Requirements specification, Data modeling using Object Oriented Methodology (UML), setting evaluation criteria, specifying user manuals.


National Bank of Greece (NBG) . Usability evaluation and ergonomic recommendations of a groupware application (based on Lotus Notes). The application supports the work of approximately 200 NBG work-posts at the banks Loan Centers around Greece.


Ministry of National Economy of the Greek Republic. Usability assessment of the ministry's Management Information System (MIS). The ministry's MIS is a web based Intranet application aimed to support the management of all national and EU funding in a nation wide scale.


Ministry of Finance of the Greek Republic. "Development of functional and technical specifications of new office furniture for the Tax Authorities at national level". This work was conducted in the frame of TAXIS (a major national informatics implementation project). The resulting specifications led to the procurement and successful commissioning of 9,000 work-stations.


BioMed (a leader in the field of medical check-up in Greece). "Design, commissioning and construction supervision of a Mobile Unit for Preventive Medical Check-Up in Industry". Usage of work-flow methods and ergonomic guidelines at the specifications, design phase.


UNILEVER. Working conditions satisfaction survey for the head offices in Athens, Greece. The work was conducted to evaluate the success of the investment for the head offices of the company

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Marmaras, N. , Nathanael, D. , Gkikas, K. (2015). Detailed design exercises help promote conceptual thinking: Lessons learned from teaching User Centered Design to an engineering class. In ECCE '15, Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. ISBN: 978-1-4503-3612-3

Papakostopoulos, V., Nathanael, D., Portouli, E., Marmaras, N. (2015). The effects of changes in the traffic scene during overtaking, Accident Analysis & Prevention, 79: 126-132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2015.02.025.

Nathanael, D., Vosniakos, G., Mosialos, S., Tsagkas, V. (2014). Development and evaluation of a Virtual Reality Training System based on cognitive task analysis: The case of CNC tool length offsetting. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hfm.20613

Portouli, E., E., Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. (2014). Drivers’ Communicative Interactions: On-road observations and modelling for integration in future automation systems. Ergonomics, 57:12, 1795-1805

Tsagkas, V., Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. (2014). A pragmatic mapping of factors behind deviating acts in aircraft maintenance. Relιability Engineering & Systems Safety 130: 106-114

Nathanael, D. Zarboutis, N. Marmaras, N. (2014). Contradiction analysis: towards a dialectical approach in ergonomics field interventions, Production. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0103-65132014005000022.

Nathanael, D., Portouli, E., Gkikas, K. and Papakostopoulos, V. (2012). What does a motorcyclist look at while driving at urban arterials? In M. Soares and K. Jacobs (Eds), Proceedings of the 18th IEA World congress on Ergonomics, Work, Volume 41, Supplement 1/ 2012, IOS Press, pp. 4900-4906

Nathanael, D., Zarboutis, N. and Marmaras, N. (2012). The concept of contradiction in ergonomics Practice. In M. Soares and K. Jacobs (Eds), Proceedings of the 18th IEA World congress on Ergonomics, Work, Volume 41, Supplement 1/ 2012, IOS Press, pp. 95-100.

Portouli, E., Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. and Papakostopoulos, V. (2012). Naturalistic observation of drivers’ interactions while overtaking on an undivided road. In M. Soares and K. Jacobs (Eds), Proceedings of the 18th IEA World congress on Ergonomics, Work, Volume 41, Supplement 1/ 2012, IOS Press, pp. 4185-4191.

Nathanael, D. Vosniakos, G., C., & Mosialos, S. (2010): Cognitive task analysis for virtual reality training: the case of CNC tool offsetting. In: Proceedings of the 2010 Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010. 241-244

Papakostopoulos, V., Spanou, E., Nathanael, D., & Gkikas, K. (2010): Understanding overtaking, beyond limitations of the visual system in making spatiotemporal estimations. In W- P. Brinkman and M. Neerincx (Eds.), Proceedings of European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics pp. 169-172

Papakostopoulos, V., Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2010). An explorative study of visual scanning strategies of motorcyclists in urban environment. In W- P. Brinkman and M. Neerincx (Eds.), Proceedings of European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010. pp. 157-160.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2009). The redesign of a tram drivers workstation: an activity approach. In Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA2009), Beijing, China, August 9-14, 2009.

Nathanael, D. & Vassilakopoulou P. (2009). Actors perspectives and capabilities: reflecting on the impact of actors interplay on the quality in use of information systems. Cognition Technology & Work 11 (4). pp. 293-301.

Marmaras, N. & Nathanael, D. (2008). Models for cognitive work analysis in view of design: a critical review. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Applied Human Factors & Ergonomics 2008, Las Vegas, USA.

Marmaras, N. & Nathanael D. (2008). Task accomplishment vs healthy seating : a systemic unbalance. In Proceedings of the 3rd Congress of the Hellenic Society of Biomechanics.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2008). Work practices and prescription: a key issue for organizational resilience. In Remaining Sensitive to the Possibility of Failure, E. Hollnagel. Ch. Nemeth & S. Dekker (eds). Hamshire: Ashgate, p.p.

Marmaras, N., Nathanael, D. & Zarboutis N. (2008). The transition from CRT to LCD monitors: effects on monitor placement and possible consequences in viewing distance and body postures. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 38, 7-8, pp. 584-592

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2008). On the development of work practices: a constructivist model. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. 9 (5), pp. 359 382.

Gkikas, K., Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2007). The evolution of FPS games controllers: how use progressively shaped their present design. In T. Papatheodorou, D. Christodoulakis, and N. Karanikolas, (eds). Current Trends in Informatics, volume ? of Proceedings of the 11th Panhellenic Conference in Informatics (PCI'07), pp. 37-46, Patras, Greece, May 18-20.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2006). The interplay between work practices and prescription: a key issue for organizational resilience. In Proceedings of the 2nd Symposium on Resilience Engineering. E. Hollnagel & E. Rigaud (Eds). Antibes Juan-Les-Pins, pp. 229-237.

Μαρμαράς Ν. & Ναθαναήλ Δ. (2006). Τα τεχνήματα ως μονάδα ανάλυσης της συλλογικής εργασίας. Στο Εισαγωγή στη συνεργασία υποστηριζόμενη από υπολογιστή. Ν. Αβούρης, Χ. Καραγιαννίδης Β. Κόμης (Eds.). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος.

Μαρμαράς Ν. & Ναθαναήλ Δ. (2006). Κοινότητες πρακτικής και πληροφοριακά συστήματα. Στο Εισαγωγή στη συνεργασία υποστηριζόμενη από υπολογιστή. Ν. Αβούρης, Χ. Καραγιαννίδης Β. Κόμης (Eds.). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος.

Marmaras, N., Kontogiannis, T. & Nathanael, D. (eds) (2005). Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics, EACE 2005, Sept.30th - Oct. 1st Chania, Greece.

Nathanael, D. (2005). Cles pour des interventions multidisciplinaires reussies : L'experience Grecque. In: 'L'ergonome dans les collaborations multiprofessionnelles'. Actes des Journees de Bordeaux sur la pratique de l'ergonomie 2005'23-25 Mars 2005. Universite Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Aract Aquitaine (Invited).

Marmaras, N., Nathanael, D. (2005). Cognitive engineering practice: Melting theory into reality. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science. 6 (2), pp. 109-127.

Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. (2005). Historical analysis as a means to uncover the dynamics of evolving practices. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics. N Marmaras, T. Kondogiannis, D. Nathanael (Eds), Chania, NTUA, EACE pp. 65-70.

Marmaras, N. & Nathanael, D. (2005). Workplace Design. In Handbook of Human Factors & Ergonomics, 3 rd edition, G. Salvendy (ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons, p.p.

Nathanael, D, Arvanitis, T. & Marmaras, N. (2004). Interpreting interpersonal regularities in the use of mobile phones. In: Living and Working with Technology - Proceedings of ECCE 12, D. Reed, G. Baxter & M. Blythe (Eds.), EACE - INRIA, pp. 179-186, 2004.

Papantoniou, B., Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2003). Moving Target: Designing for Evolving Practice. In Universal Access in HCI: Inclusive Design in the Information Society, C. Stefanidis (Eds.), Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Vol. 4, pp.474-478.

Nathanael, D., Papantoniou, B., Papageorgiou, D. (2003). ERP implementation and actual work practice in SMEs. Στο Proceedings of The Sixth SMESME International Conference. I. Tatsiopoulos, V. Leopoulos (Eds), Athens, Greece.

Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. & Papantoniou, B. (2003). Designing for Proficient Users: Drawing from the Realities of Practice. In Human-Computer Interaction: Theory and Practice, J. Jacko & C. Stefanidis. (Eds.), Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., Vol. 1, pp.183-187.

Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N., Papantoniou, B. & Zarboutis, N. (2002). Socio-technical Systems Analysis: Which Approach Should Be Followed? In: S. Bagnara et al. (eds): Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, Sept. 11th- 14th, Catania, Italy.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2001). Ecological design of informatics systems: a new paradigm to achieve usability and effectiveness. In: Advances in Human - Computer Interaction I, N. Avouris & N. Fakotakis (Eds), Patras: Typorama, pp. 65-70.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2000). User-centered design in practice: A medical tele-consultation management application. In Proceedings of the 14 th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association , San Diego: HFES, Tome 1, pp . 346-349.

Banoutsos I., Nathanael D., Argyropoulos A., Katsantonis A., Velitzelou K., Papadopoulos S. (1997). Implementation of Occupational Risk Assessment in Industry Processes, Meeting of the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Hellenic Ergonomics Society: Ergonomic Interventions in Greece, Athens, November 12th, 1997.

Nathanael D., Argyropoulos A. (1997). Ergonomic design of a Medical Mobile Unit, Meeting of the Technical Chamber of Greece and the Hellenic Ergonomics Society: Ergonomic Interventions in Greece, Athens, November 12th, 1997.

Nathanael, D., Matsakis, Y., Marmaras N. (1997) Ergonomic work analysis for the development of a telematics application for medical Assistance. "7th Conference of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), Tempere, Finland, July 1997

Nathanael, D., Marmaras, N. (1996). Improving Performance and Safety in a Complex Work Situation: Fishing Maneuvers Aboard Open Sea Trawlers. "1st International Conference of Applied Ergonomics (ICAE)", Istanbul, Turkey, May 1996.

Nathanael, D. & Marmaras, N. (2012). A question of our marketing or our preconceptions: Commentary on the paper ‘A strategy for human factors/ergonomics: developing the discipline and profession’. Ergonomics 55 (12), pp. 1612-1617, DOI:10.1080/00140139.2012.741716

Marmaras, N. & Nathanael, D. (2012). Innovation et travail: quel role peuvent jouer les ergonomes? Actes du 47eme Congres International de la Societe d' Ergonomie de Langue Francaise.

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Dimitris speaks Greek (native speaker), English (fluent) and French (fluent).

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