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Digital human modeling. Status quo and quo vadis

September 5th, 2019
Ambtmanstraat 1
2000 Antwerp

Program

09:00: Welcome 
09:15: Opening (prof. dr. Stijn Verwulgen)
09:30: Lecture prof. dr. Sofia Scataglini
10:30: Lecture prof. dr. Gunther Paul
11:30: Q&A and discussion

Abstract

DHM and Posturography explores the body of knowledge and state-of-the-art in digital human modeling (DHM), with its application in Ergonomics and Posturography. Digital Human Modelling is the science of representing humans with their physical properties, characteristics, and behaviors in computerized virtual models. These models can be used standalone or integrated with other computerized object design systems, to design or study designs, workplaces, or products in their relationship with humans. 

Digital human models serve as fast and cost-efficient computer-based tools for the assessment of human–system interaction. Posturography is the study of human balance. For even the smallest dislocation, postural movement occurs within a system of forces and moments, balancing posture, or alternatively, rendering the body unstable. This equilibrium is continuously removed by internal disturbances, such as respiration or cardiac function, and external interaction with the environment. Posturography lends itself to study through Digital Human Modelling. This book provides an industry first introductory and practitioner-focused overview of human simulation tools, with detailed chapters describing elements of posture, postural interactions, and fields of application. Thus, DHM tools and a specific scientific/practical problem—the study of posture—are linked in a coherent framework. Eventually, the book shows how DHM interfaces with the most common physical devices for posture analysis, answering to a gap in literature and a common practitioner question. Case studies provide the applied knowledge for practitioners to make informed decisions.

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