Purpose: The primary purpose of this laboratory is to conduct laboratory exercises related to (1) Human anthropometry; (2) Human physiological, psychophysical and biomechanical capabilities; (3) Human work capacity with consideration of age and obesity; (4) Occupational safety; (5) Ergonomic design and evaluation of work and product. The laboratory is used for ergonomic research and for supporting team projects in IMSE 4425, Human Factors and Ergonomics; IMSE 501, Human Factors and Ergonomics; IMSE 548, Human Factors; IMSE 546 Safety Engineering; IMSE 593, Vehicle Packaging; and AE 545, Vehicle Ergonomics I.
The major equipment available in the laboratory is listed below according to the categories of specialized topics:
SAE 3-Dimensional H-Point Machine ("Oscar"). This is the standard three-dimensional, anthropometric, physical model used throughout the automotive industry for occupant packaging design. Because of its cost, this is an unusual piece of equipment for engineering education laboratory. Oscar is used specifically for IMSE 593 (Vehicle Packaging Engineering) and AE 545 (Vehicle Ergonomics I). It also can be used for anthropometric applications in other courses.
Precision anthropometer (1), medium quality anthropometers (2 large, 1 small), elbow angle measurement, goniometer set, weight and stature measurement device, anthropometric mannequins.
Force plate (1), Hand dynamometers (6), back strength dynamometer (2), force measurement gauges (2), models and charts of human spinal column and hands, one 16-channel wireless electromyography (EMG) data acquisition system, and one 6-camera BTS motion capture and analysis system.
Vision and illumination:
Portable photometers (2) for luminance and illuminance measurement, vision testers (2), flicker fusion test unit (1), light discrimination device (1), contrast sensitivity measurement device (1), color blindness test (1), a model of the human eye and charts.
Hearing and sound:
Precision sound level meters, a sound generator for a demonstration of frequencies and loudness (1), audiometers (2), a model of the human ear and charts, hearing protectors and earplugs.
Methods and task analysis:
Parts of various assembly tasks, large inventory of Tinker-toy components to simulate assembly lines and cellular workstation arrangements, digital stopwatches (12), electronic clocks/timers (3), video equipment for task recording and slow-motion analysis (available on request from audio-visual department), plastic and wooden boxes for parts layout and storage.
Reaction time/performance measurement:
E-prime experiment builder for reaction time measurement
Simulation of dual-task conditions: Ballas task and ISO LCD low-fidelity driving simulator
Neurological and physiological measurements:
One 64-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) data acquisition system
One portable eye-tracking system