The improvement in advanced technologies allowed the rapid expansion of the Human Motion detection and analysis in several fields of applications, such as clinical evaluation, rehabilitation, sports and entertainment, industrial design and ergonomics. Research @LyPhE strives to explore in depth the use of these techniques and the development of biomechanical modeling in a proactive ergonomics design practice and the ergonomic assessment of the human-product physical interaction. This includes the definition of markers based biomechanical models of human body, kinematic and kinetics analysis of the motion variables, the definition of quantitative parameters for the scoring of human performances and the development of new approaches for human motion simulation (Advanced Digital Human Modeling techniques in Ergonomics)

The virtual design of workplace and man machine interface is going to have more and more importance in order to save time, money and risks during the design phase of products, objects, environments, and also complex items like manufacturing lines and cockpits. However existing digital models demonstrate not to be sufficiently reliable in predicting realistic and valid population postures and motions. In Proactive Design this point is essential. In fact, to become even more effective in meeting such a goal, i.e. the proactive design, it is needed that future Digital Human Models must include valid posture and motion prediction models for various populations. Research @LyPhE is aimed to the development and evaluation of different approaches to human motion simulations and, consequently, of the most promising Digital Human Models software available on the market.

In addition, the new challenge for biomechanics research in this area requires the validation of posture and motion predictions by these new virtual humans, and the definition of methods and models to interpret their interaction with virtual environment, that means to select the relevant parameters for motion analysis and translate in useful issue for the design.

As a consequence, research activities @LyPhE are aimed at the investigation and development of advanced technologies for the evaluation of the Human Performance in:

  • Ergonomics
  • Product Design
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Clinical Applications