Tuesday, May 15, 2007

University of Iowa Opens New Automotive Production Line Research Center

Ergonomics research in autombile manufacturing plants ...

"The Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program, located at the University of Iowa College of Engineering Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD), today announced that the United States Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), an organization com-posed of DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, has joined the program partnership with a $1.5 million contract for manufacturing ergonomics research.

At the UI, a team of 35 researchers is advancing state-of-the-art performance in computerized human modeling and simulation. Their work with USCAR will be aimed at helping the U.S. automakers use computer representations of people, called "digital humans," to design safer and more ergonomically acceptable manufacturing plants.

The partnership will address three large projects, including a study of the strength and fatigue limits of automotive manufacturing plant workers; the development and integration of ergonomics tools into "Santos(tm)" — VSR’s computer representation of a human; the advancement of the field of predictive mathematics, also referred to as "Predictive Dynamics," to enable Santos(tm) to predict such variables as his own walking speed and direction while carrying various loads and while mathematically predicting various postures."    (Continued via press-citizen.com)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Blogger Usernomics said...

We regret an attribution error for this story. The University of Iowa, rather than Ohio State, has The Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program.

9:06 PM  

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