Adaptive experimental design applied to an ergonomics testing procedure

Nonlinear constrained optimization algorithms are widely utilized in artifact design. Certain algorithms also lend themselves well to design of experiments (DOE). Adaptive design refers to experimental design where determining where to sample next is influenced by information from previous experiments. We present a constrained optimization algorithm known as superEGO (a variant of the EGO algorithm of Schonlau, Welch and Jones) that is able to create adaptive designs effectively. Its ability to allow easily for a variety of sampling criteria and to incorporate constraint information accurately makes it well suited to the needs of adaptive design. The approach is demonstrated on a human reach experiment where the selection of sampling points adapts successfully to the stature and perception of the individual test subject. Results from the initial study indicate that superEGO is able to create experimental designs that yield more accurate models using fewer points than the original testing procedure.