Human Modeling

Research Objectives

Product and workspace designs belong to the main tasks of ergonomics. Today, emerging ergonomic problems can be solved or evaluated more efficiently and competitively with digital human models. The development of biomechanical, physiological, anthropometrical and cognitive models is the main task of the described research group Human: Modeling, Methods and Evaluation. Biomechanics, physiology and anthropometry can already be precisely modelled and simulated. Therefore, reliable predictions of the influence of single factors on discomfort, load, workload and human performance are possible. Human beings are complex systems, whose parameters can influence each other. For instance discomfort and workload depend on an interaction of factors.

However an interdisciplinary approach for a holistic human model is still missing.

Basic research, crosslinking individual systems, modeling approaches and application-oriented studies are used for a further development of physical, numerical and theoretical models. Different fields of application for as holistic as possible models are automotive, mobility, production, logistics and sports. The human modeling considers in addition to objective parameters of load, also workload and subjective measures, as comfort and discomfort.