Augmented Manufacturing Virtual Reality

Augmented Manufacturing Virtual Reality
This PhD is a 3.5 year CASE award studentship between WMG and our industrial partner Ford, via
the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI).
Co-Supervisors (Academic): Dr K Debattista, Prof A Chalmers
Supervisor (Industrial): A Baker
Simulation of human posture in the work environment is becoming increasingly important in order
to design workplaces that are efficient to operate and safe for the individual over the long term.
Ergonomic studies enable these reviews to take place, and the development of computer-based
tools allows these studies to be done in the virtual environment. Early analysis of ergonomic risks
during the design of a work environment can assist in avoiding potential long term injuries to the
In order to build the human posture within the computer system, detailed joint articulation
information must be fed into the computer to replicate the required human posture. Methodologies
of capturing a human posture from real people within the laboratory do exist. However these are
expensive to acquire and are not suitable for field work.
This project will aim to deliver a low cost human posture capture system, that is easy to operate and
robust enough for field use. This could potentially be a commercial product, with multiple industry
applications. The development of a commercial product will be encouraged by the project partners.
Entry Requirements
A first degree (at least 2:1) in Computer Science, Engineering or Mathematical subject would be
preferable. Students of Bio Sciences may also apply if they have suitable computing knowledge.
Due to funding regulations application is restricted to UK students only.