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Matthew P. Reed

Matthew P. Reed, PhD., is the Don B. Chaffin Collegiate Research Professor and head of the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He also has appointments in Integrative Systems and Design, where he is Chair of the Design Science program, and...

The development of a model to predict the effects of worker and task factors on foot placements in manual material handling tasks
Accurate prediction of foot placements in relation to hand locations during manual materials handling tasks is critical for prospective biomechanical analysis. To address this need, the effects of lifting task conditions and anthropometric variables on foot placements were studied in a laboratory...
Assessing the effects of the design population on seat dimensions
Dimensional recommendations for automotive seat design are often based on populations different from the intended user population. Military data are commonly used to provide guidance for seats used by civilians, for example, because detailed military data are more readily obtained. Even when data...
Effects of obesity on seat belt fit
Introduction: Obesity has been shown to increase the risks of some types of injury in crashes. One way in which obesity may increase injury risk is by changing the routing of the belt relative to the underlying skeletal structures. Methods: Belt fit was measured in a laboratory study of 54 men and...
Child Posture in Rear-Facing Child Restraints
April 20, 2013 to April 19, 2014 Measure the posture of toddlers in rear-facing and forward-facing child restraints.  Perform testing to evaluate rear-facing postures used with the 3YO ATD.
Soldier-Centered Vehicle Seating Design Tools
Measure anthropometry and shape measures of soldiers to develop occupant models that account for gear.
Elderly Occupant Posture, Body Shape, and Belt Fit
Measure the posture, body shape, and belt fit of elderly occupants.