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Towards Virtual Assessment of Human Factors: A Concept for Data Driven Prediction and Analysis of Physical User-product Interactions

  • Alexander Wolf (a1), Nicole Binder (a1), Jörg Miehling (a1) and Sandro Wartzack (a1)

Abstract

The early consideration of human factors in product development hugely favours the development of products, which excel with a positive user experience. The virtual environment of product development however, still has significant gaps in the virtual assessment and simulation of human factors, especially for user-product interactions composed of human movements. This motivates us to introduce a concept for data-driven prediction and analysis of user-product interactions. Heart of the concept is a predictive component that models the interaction between the user, represented by a musculoskeletal model, and the product, represented by product characteristics. We describe the implementation of this concept based on a pilot study for a lifting task. Motion capturing was performed to build a database and compare the results of our novel approach. The resulting kinematic and dynamic quantities show similar curve profiles with a small constant offset to the measured data. This indicates that the concept enables the virtual comparison of different designs or concepts regarding human factors.

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Contact: Wolf, Alexander, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Engineering Design, Germany, a.wolf@mfk.fau.de

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Towards Virtual Assessment of Human Factors: A Concept for Data Driven Prediction and Analysis of Physical User-product Interactions

  • Alexander Wolf (a1), Nicole Binder (a1), Jörg Miehling (a1) and Sandro Wartzack (a1)

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