Author Archives: chris

NSF Career Award

Prof. Matt Parkinson received the National Science Foundation’s award for early career development. His proposal, Foundations for Designing for Human Variability, will be funded from 2009-2014. This work will enable the improved design of products, tasks, and environments, making them more accessible, accommodating, and effective for populations that are increasingly diverse.

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SMART Scholarship

Chris Garneau, an OPEN Design Lab member, was awarded a SMART Scholarship for his Ph.D. research and will be working with the Army Research Lab as part of the scholarship. Learn more about the SMART program here.

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Episode 1: “Experiments” is now available on YouTube

Episode 1: “Experiments” is now available on YouTube as part of a new video series on the fundamentals of designing for human variability. In addition to this series, the new Open Design Lab YouTube channel will feature Open Lab authors presenting select publications from our archives. Check back often for updates! View the video here: […]

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Author’s Insights: Preference is now available on YouTube

This video was produced as part of a new series called “Author’s Insights” that will feature authors of Open Lab publications discussing their work. The videos will feature brief summaries and additional insights for the publications. In this video, Chris talks about his 2007 DETC and 2009 JMD papers, “Including preference in anthropometry-driven models for […]

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Open Design Lab podcasts are now available on iTunes

In addition to mirroring audio-only versions of our YouTube videos, we plan to feature shorter commentaries on our research with a more frequent update schedule. Tune in to hear Open Lab authors give insight and background for their papers, learn about new topics in the field, and hear about our research in a less technical […]

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AnthroTools 1.1 is now available

This latest update includes interface and performance enhancements. AnthroTools is a mobile web app that contains a suite of tools for Design for Human Variability, including a multivariate accommodation calculator, proportionality calculator, and NHAN…

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A suite of multivariate test cases for anthropometry-based design

One of the proposed test cases is the cab geometry of material handling equipment.

This work presents a test suite of three design problems involving spatial fit-based interactions between users and the product. The test suite is demonstrated in the context of an actual and synthesized target user population which are compared for an assessment of the multidimensional fidelity of an anthropometry synthesis method.

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