Professors

Roger McLaren Ball

Professor (1957-), doctoral tutor, born in Canadian. Hunan University Cultural and Art Innovation Long-Term National Specialized Expert (Thousand Talents Program). His main research interests are head-mounted product design, sports equipment design, vehicle design, and ergonomics. Its human measurement engineering project "SizeChina" created the first large-scale digital database of Chinese head and face sizes that can be used to make safer helmets, and together with Apple's mobile phone, won the US Business Week IDEA 2008 Design Research Gold Award. Professor Roger McLaren Bo received the Asian Design Award, Fortune China's most successful design award, and was awarded the American Business Week IDEA 2008 Design Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards four times. In 2009, he won the Red Dot Design Award and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Presidents Award. In 2014, he was selected as an expert in the overseas high-level talent “Thousand Talents Program”.

Education background

  • August 2005 – May 2009 Delft University of Technology in Netherlands, Ph.D.of Ergonomics

  • December 2001 – December 2002, Domus School of Design in Italy, Master of Design Art

  • August 1979 – May 1983 Ontario College of Art & Design University, Industrial Design, A.O.C.A (Bachelor's Degree)

Projects experiences

  • 2008-2010, Development of 3D Chinese head and face prediction model for product design 

  • 2009-2010, A 3D design tool for Chinese fit product design 

  • 2009-2010, Development of 3D digital ergonomic design tools

  • 2006-2009, Perfect fit China

  • 2004-2005, Usability and Ergonomics in Keyboard Design 

  • 2004-2005, Product Design for Sustainable Social Development in Ethnic Minority Communities in the Yunnan Province 

Papers and publications

  • Ball R. Overhill H., DesignDirect -how to start your own microbrand. 2012, Ptec Hong Kong

  • Ball R.,“Designing Apparel for consumers: the impact of body size and shape”, Chapter 20, Woodhead Publishing, UK 2013 (in press)

  • Luximon Y., Chow H.C.E., Ball R., A Study of Ear Dimensions for Chinese, Proceedings of International Conference on Innovative Design and Manufacturing (Taipei, Taiwan), December 2012.

  • Ball R., 2012. “Designing protective headgear. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Consumer Product Design: Uses and Applications.” Chapter 19, Taylor and Francis, USA. Impact factor 1.205.

  • Ball R., 2011. “SizeChina A 3D Anthropometric Survey of the Chinese Head..” Doctoral Thesis, ISBN 978-9051550054-2

  • Ball R., Luximon Y. and Chow H.C.E., 2011. “Anthropometric Study on Chinese Head,” submitted to Asian Workshop on 3D body scanning technology, Tokyo, Japan, 19-20 April 2011.

  • Ball R. and Luximon Y., 2011. “A comparison of different methods for head measurements” (submitted to International Journal of Human Factors Modeling and Simulation).

  • Luximon Y., Ball R. and Justice L., 2011. “The 3D Chinese head and face modeling,” Computer-Aided Design. Impact factor 1.667. PolyU A journal.

  • Ball R., Shu C., Xi P., Rioux M., Luximon Y. and Molenbroek J., 2010. “A comparison between Chinese and Caucasian head shapes,” Applied ergonomics, 41 (6): 832-839. Impact factor 1.105. PolyU B journal.

  • Luximon Y., Ball R. and Justice L., 2010. “The Chinese face: A 3D anthropometric analysis,” Proceeding of the TMCE2010, Edited by I. Horváth, F. Mandorli and Z. Rusák, April 12-16 2010, Ancona, Italy.

  • Daanen, H.A.M., Krul, A.J., Ball, R., 2010. “Face dimension requirements for passports,” Journal of the British Travel and Health Association, 15, 53-56. Impact factor 1.105. PolyU B journal.

  • Ball, R.M., 2009. “3-D design tools from the SizeChina project.” Ergonomics in Design, 17(3), 8-13(6). Impact factor 1.105. PolyU B journal.

  • Reitenbach, M.E.F.R., Jochems, A.J., Molenbroek, J.F.M., Ball, R., van Eijk, D.J., 2009. “User Experience of Office Chairs and Anthropometrics of Female Chinese and Hong Kong Chinese Office and Factory Workers” (the TU Delft Institutional Repository). The Ergonomics Open Journal 2(1), 1-12.

  • Ball, R.M., 2008. “SizeChina: The world shapes up.” Innovation, Fall 2008, 158-161.

  • Ball, R.M., Molenbroek, J.F.M., 2008. “Measuring Chinese Heads and Faces.” Proceedings of the 9th International Congress of Physiological Anthropology, Human diversity: Design for life. Delft, the Netherlands, 150-155.

  • Bracht, P., Visser, A.A., Ball, R., 2008. “I do: a pressure cooker model for the experience of cultures and design.” Proceedings of Business of Education Week, Hong Kong, 2008.

  • Hu, Catherine., Ball, R., 2007. “The Only Connect Experience” Proceedings of Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA.)

Awards

  • 2011 World Impact Design Prize | Finalist

  • 2009 Index Award | Finalist

  • 2009 President’s Award for Research | HKPU

  • 2008 DFA (Design for Asia Awards) | Grand Prize

  • 2008 Fortune Magazine (China) | Chinas Most Successful Designs

  • 2008 IDEA /Business Week | Best in Show

  • 2008 IDEA /Business Week | Gold Medal – Research

  • 1998 IDEA /Business Week | Silver Medal – Leisure/Sports

  • 1998 Design Engineering | Best Consumer Product

  • 1998 Virtu Design Competition | Best consumer Product

  • 1989 Canadian Plastics | Best Consumer Product

  • 1985 IDEA /Business Week | Bronze Medal – Leisure/Sports

Main speaker of the conferences (since 2007)

  • ICSID - World Design Impact Prize | Feb 2012 | Size China – The Impact of Design, Speaker, ICSID Awards Helsinki Workshop | FN

  • Design Korea | Oct 2011 | Size China - Smart tools for Designers, Design Korea Conference, Seoul | KR

  • INCLUDE Design Conference | April 2011 | Size China - Design for diversity, Keynote Speaker, Royal College of Art - Helen Hamlyn Center | UK

  • INDEX Awards | Oct / 2010 | Size China - Design to Improve Life, Keynote Speaker, Index Design Awards Shanghai Workshop | CN

  • ISRP | Oct / 2010 | Comparison of Chinese and Caucasian Head shapes, Keynote Speaker, International Society for Respiratory Protection | HK

  • Ergo Design Forum | May 2009 | Anthropometric Design Tools for China, Keynote Speaker | FR

  • ICPA | Aug / 2008 | Size China. The Shape of Things to Come, Keynote Speaker, International Conference of Physical Anthropology| NL

  • BODW | Dec / 2007 | Size China. Unlocking the riddle of Chinese fit, Business of Design Week, HK | HK

  • Connecting 07 | Oct /2007 | Size China. A Whole new world of Ergonomics. IDSA/ICSID, San Francisco | USA

  • Die Mitte. Dialogues about Design | Oct / 2007 | Size China. What the West needs to know, Keynote speaker. University of Applied Arts, Vienna | Austria

  • i-do Workshop | July /2007 | Sustainable Design for Ethnic Minorities in Yunnan province, Yunnan University, Yunnan | CN

Exhibitions

  • 1. Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies — Business, Living, Creativity Hong Kong Design Centre | 5 Feb - 11 May 2011 | Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, China

  • 2. INDEX: Best of Index Exhibition 2009. Touring China & India | INDEX: the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    • Mumbai, India | 1-10 February 2011

    • Mantri Square, Bangalore, India | 16-26 January 2011

    • Avenue Of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China | 25 November - 2 December 2010

    • No. 128 Yuancun 4 heng Lu, Tianhe District, Rectory, Guangzhou, China | 27 October - 7 November 2010

    • No. 32 Qinhuangdao Rd., Yangpu District, Nordic Lighthouse, Shanghai, China | 5-20 October 2010

  • 3. A Hong Kong SAR programme for EXPO 2010 Shanghai (Hong Kong Creative Ecologies) | 15 May - 31 October 2010 | Hong Kong Design Centre, The Bridge 8 Phase III, No. 550 Ju Men Road, Lu Wan District, Shanghai, China

  • 4. Norm=Form, on standardization and design | Foundation Design Den Haag

    • Zeche Zollverein, Halle 5, Schaft XII (A5), Gelsenkirchenerstrasse 181, Essen, Germany | 28 August - 17 October 2010

    • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, The Hague, The Netherlands | 8 May - 15 August 2010

  • 5. Utrecht Manifest 2009: Urgent Methods: Design Education Examined | 4 October 2009 - 15 November 2009 | Utrecht Manifest

  • 6. Jongeriusvilla, Kanaalweg 64, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • 7. INDEX: Award Exhibition - Design to Improve Life

    • INDEX:, Municipality of Ishøj | Ishøj By Centre, Ishøj, Denmark | 15 February - 1 March 2010

    • INDEX:, Municipality of Hillerød | SlotsArkaderne, Hillerød, Denmark | 1-21 February 2010

    • INDEX:, INDEX: Partner City Singapore | VivoCity, HarbourFront precinct, Singapore | 10 November - 9 December 2009

    • INDEX: Seoul Design Olympic | Air Dome at Jamail Main Stadium, Seoul, South Korea | 9-29 October 2009

    • INDEX: Kongens Nytov square, Copenhagen, Denmark | 21 August - 13 September 2009

  • 8. Winning IDEAs: Selected Product Designs 2008 | 16 April - 25 October 2009 | IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) | The Cameron Art Museum, 3201 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28412, USA

  • 9. Business Of Design Week (BODW) (HKTDC Inno Design Tech Expo 2008) | 10-12 December 2008 | Hong Kong TradDevelopment Council, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China

  • 10. 2008 IDSA International Conference and Exposition | 10-13 September 2008 | IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)2008 IDSA National Conference Polar Opposites, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Website reports

Research - SizeChina.com - as of December 2010

Oriental TV, 25/11/2010

HKBN News, 27/06/2009

PolyU Youtube Channel, 01/2009

RTHK, “TechnoFrontier” Series, Episode 6, 05/11/2008

NOS (Dutch National Television), 08/07/2008

RTHK, “PolyU 70th”, 27/01/2008

Plastics News, 03/12/2007

CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), 11/11/2007

Cable TV, 11/2007

Star News Asia, 24/09/2007

Phoenix TV, 17/09/2007

Commercial Radio, 17/09/2007

RTHK, 17/09/2007

China National Radio, 17/09/2007

TVB PEARL News, 17/09/2007

TVB JADE News, 17/09/2007

CNN International, 11/04/2006

CNN International (interview), 27/06/2006 | (INT)

RTHK (radio), 07/04/2006

ATV News, 04/04/2006

Designsmart Initiative, 2010 | (HK)

Oriental Daily, 30/11/2010 | (HK)

The Sun Newspaper, 26/11/2010 | (HK)

Oriental Daily, 26/11/2010 | (HK)

New World Development Company Limited, 25/11/2010 | (HK)

Avernue of Stars, 19/11/2010 | (HK)

Hong Kong: Creative Ecologies – The Shaping of a Design Culture, 17/10/2010 | (HK)

NRC Handelsblad, 19/05/2010 | (Netherlands)

Norm=Form, on standardisation and design, Spring 2010 | (Netherlands)

Design to Improve Life: INDEX:AWARD 2009 Exhibition ,08/2009 | (Denmark)

Ergonomics in Design, Summer 2009 | (USA)

AM730, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

HK Headline Daily, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Metro Daily, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Ming Pao, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Oriental Daily, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Sing Pao Daily News, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Sing Tao Daily, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

South China Morning Post, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

The Sun Newspaper, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Wen Wei Po, 24/06/2009 | (HK)

Sohu.com, 23/06/2009 | (China)

www.news.cn, 23/06/2009 | (China)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, www.polyu.edu.hk, 23/06/2009 | (HK)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (School of Design). www.sd.polyu.edu.hk, 23/06/2009 | (HK)

HK PolyU School of Design. www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/facebook, 23/06/2009 | (HK)

Military Goggles, 03/2009 | (USA)

Ming Pao, 13/12/2008 | (HK)

Sing Tao Daily, 11/12/2008 | (HK)

HKDC Awards’ 08, 11/2008 | (HK)

AM 730, 09/10/2008 | (HK)

Innovation, Fall 2008 | (USA)

International Conference of Physical Anthropometry – Delft,

Netherlands, 20-23/08/2008 | (Netherlands)

The Standard, 12/08/2008 | (HK)

Toronto Star, 26/07/2008 | (Canada)

Design Oscar, 22/07/2008 | (Netherlands)

Oriental Daily, 19/07/2008 | (HK)

Ta Kung Pao, 19/07/2008 | (HK)

The Sun Newspaper, 19/07/2008 | (HK)

Sing Tao Daily, 19/07/2008 | (HK)

De Pers newspaper, 11/06/2008 | (Netherlands)

OCAD Sketch, 06/2008 | (Canada)

Design Diffusion News, 21/05/2008 | (Italia)

Metropolis Magazine , 03/2008 | (USA)

HK Commercial Daily, 27/12/2007 | (HK)

Cosmopolitan Magazine, 11/2007 | (HK)

PolyU Profile, 10/2007 | (HK)

Ta Kung Pao, 30/09/2007 | (HK)

Recruit Magazine, 20/09/2007 | (HK)

AM730, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Apple Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

HK Commercial Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

HK Daily News, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

HK Economic Times, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

HK Headline Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Metro Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Ming Pao, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Oriental Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Sing Pao Daily News, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Sing Tao Daily, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

South China Morning Post, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Ta Kung Pao, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

The Sun Newspaper, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

Wen Wei Po, 18/09/2007 | (HK)

New Scientist Magazine, 23/08/2007 | (UK)

DAMn No.11, 05-06/2007 | (Denmark)

Azure, 05/2007 | (Canada)

Curve No.19, 04/2007 | (Australia)

Xpress No.13, 03/2007 | (HK)

Hong Kong Economic Times, 05/02/2007 | (HK)

TUDELTA No.4, 01/02/2007 | (Netherlands)

South China Morning Post, 07/01/2007 | (HK)

AM730, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Apple Daily, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Hong Kong Economic Times, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

HK Headline Daily, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Metro Daily, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Ming Pao, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Oriental Daily, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Sing Pao Daily News, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Sing Tao Daily, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Ta Kung Pao, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

The Sun Newspaper, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

Wen Wei Po, 04/04/2006 | (HK)

South China Morning Post, 03/04/2006 | (HK)

Hong Kong Industrialist Magazine, 01/07/2005 | (HK)

Report on Business, 04/01/2001 | (CAN)

Report on Business, 04/01/2001 | (CAN)

Design Product News, 01/04/2000 | (CAN)

Cadkey Magazine, 01/08/1999 | (USA)

Injection Molding Magazine, 01/07/1999 | (USA)

50 Sports Wares(BOOK) | Rotovison Design Series 01/07/1999 | ISBN 2-88046-418-8 | (UK)

Business Week Magazine, 24/05/1998 | (USA)

Toronto Star, 08/04/1990 | (CAN)

Cover Story - OEM Ergonomics

Others

  • More than 20 holders of US and world patents;

  • Clients who have worked with include: 3M Allied Signal, Bata Shoes, Bell Sports, Brine Inc., Burton Snowboards, Everst & Jennings, Itech Sports, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electronics, Nike, NeuroSky, Somerville House, Steve Bauer Bicycles, Troxel, Worth Sports


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