In collaboration with Sascha Wischniewski and his colleagues, Dominik Bonin and Alexander Grötsch, we have made stature, mass, and BMI data for German civilians publicly available. This is an updated sample, based on the first wave of the German Health and Examination Survey for Adults (DEGS1). The data were collected from adults aged 18-67 years from 2008-2011. The data areRead more
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The Iron Lion Design Challenge II took place in May. In the second year of the Challenge, it grew to 13 students and many faculty and industry collaborators, who collaborated on a variety of design projects, including a universally-designed portable appliance and an improved gripper, among others.Read more
The Iron Lion Design Challenge, a multidisciplinary design competition related to adaptive medical devices, took place on the University Park campus June 23-June 30, 2008.Read more
The Iron Lion Design Challenge III took place in June 2010. This year, students from 4 universities collaborated on 5 design projects in the weeklong event. Projects included a ridable hovercraft, self-propelled walker, and a next-generation audio experience.Read more
Assessing the validity of kinematically generated reach envelopes for simulations of vehicle operators was presented SAE’s Arch T. Colwell Merit Award for best paper of the year.Read more
Designing for Human Variability will be offered again in Fall 2007. This graduate-level course will be cross-listed in Engineering Design and Mechanical Engineering.
Read more about this course here.
Research on Allocation of Adjustability will be funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is an important aspect of Designing for Human Variability. Prof. Parkinson is the principal investigator on the proposal.Read more
Prof. Parkinson gave an invited presentation, “Improving seat design through virtual assessments,” at the Innovations in Automotive Seating Conference in Detroit, Michigan.Read more
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.Read more
myAnthro is an iPhone app created by Dr. Parkinson for easily determining body dimensions derived from proportionality constants, a design tool employed in the Open Design Lab.Read more