Park to cover biomechanics of obesity and computer-aided ergonomic design

Published: Dec 5, 2006 1:48:36 PM
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Woojin Park, assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, will be discussing memory-based motion stimulation (MBMS) on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Dunstan 202. This will be the final graduate seminar in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering for this semester. Park is a candidate for a faculty position in the department.

Park will present an MBMS model as a framework for simulating natural human motions for computer-aided ergonomic design. The model utilizes real human motion samples recorded in motion capture experiments as templates for simulating novel motions. The MBMS model is being extended to simulate human obstruction avoidance behaviors and movement patterns of people with different physical characteristics and disabilities. The lecture will also briefly describe recent research studies on occupational biomechanics of obese individuals and obesity-friendly ergonomic design.