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UMTRI has a long history of conducting anthropometric studies of children and adults, with a particular focus in recent years on documenting anthropometry and positioning of drivers and passengers within the automotive environment. Standard anthropometric measurement tools and techniques are used to select and document body dimensions and proportions of subject populations, and various three-dimensional measurement techniques are used to capture the three-dimensional locations of body landmarks and the geometry of surface contours. The latter include stereo-photogrammetry, Faro Arm digitizers, and light- and sound-based motion capture systems. These tools have been used to document the seated anthropometry of drivers and passengers, including special populations such as pregnant occupants.

Recent Publications

A pilot study of three-dimensional child anthropometry for vehicle safety analysis
Matthew P. Reed.

conference paper IN: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society ... Annual Meeting. Vol. 56, no. 1 (2012), p. 2326-2330.

The publicly available anthropometric data for U.S. children were published in 1977, lack body shape data, and do not include...

Effects of obesity on seat belt fit
Matthew P. Reed, Sheila M. Ebert-Hamilton, Jonathan D. Rupp.

journal article UMTRI-2011-27
IN: Traffic Injury Prevention. Vol. 13, no. 4 (2012), p. 364-372.

Introduction: Obesity has been shown to increase the risks of some types of injury in crashes. One way in which obesity may increase...

External landmark, body surface, and volume data of a mid-sized male in seated and standing postures
F. S. Gayzik, D. P. Moreno, K. A. Danelson, C. McNally, K. D. Klinich, Joel D. Stitzel.

journal article IN: Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Vol. 40, no. 9 (2012), p. 2019-2032.

The purpose of this study was to acquire external landmark, undeformed surface, and volume data from a prescreened individual...

U.S. truck driver anthropometric study and multivariate anthropometric models for cab designs
Jinhua Guan, Hongwei Hsiao, Bruce Bradtmiller, Tsui-Ying Kau, Matthew R. Reed, Steven K. Jahns, Josef Loczi, H. Lenora Hardee, Dominic Paul T. Piamonte.

journal article IN: Human Factors. Vol. 54, no. 5 (Oct. 2012), p. 849-871.

Objective: This study presents data from a largescale anthropometric study of U.S. truck drivers and the multivariate anthropometric...