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Almost 50 years of the University of Michigan Human Factors Engineering Summer Conference
In 1957 Paul Fitts and Daniel Howland offered a human factors summer course at Ohio State University. Fitts moved to Michigan in 1958, and the next year he offered essentially the same course in Ann Arbor. The course has been given every summer since then. An estimated 3500 students from a diverse...
Methods for assessing the safety and usability of in-vehicle systems lessons from UMTRI driver interface research
When buying a vehicle, customers consider many vehicle attributes, including safety, ease of use, and comfort. Design and evaluation of vehicles for these attributes requires human factors expertise and unique tools. However, most mechanical or electrical engineers may not have this expertise as...
A task-based stepping behavior model for digital human models
Cyclical stepping (gait) has been studied extensively. Some of these results are reflected in the straight and curved path step-following algorithms in commercial digital human modeling (DHM) implementations. With the aid of these algorithms, DHM users define start, intermediate, and end path...
Field operational tests evaluating driver-assistance systems under real world conditions
This paper reviews the field operational test (FOT) methodology adopted in recent years for the evaluation of driver-assistance systems. The Road Departure Crash Warning System program is used both for illustration and as a case study. This project involved an extensive field operational test of a...
The HUMOSIM ergonomics framework a new approach to digital human simulation for ergonomic analysis
The potential of digital human modeling to improve the design of products and workspaces has been limited by the time-consuming manual manipulation of figures that is required to perform simulations. Moreover, the inaccuracies in posture and motion that result from manual procedures compromise the...

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