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Release: March 5, 2003

(Photo: Karim Malek, associate professor of mechanical engineering, left; Dr. Richard Brand, professor of orthopedic surgery, right)

UI Researchers Recognized Nationally For Research Paper

Four University of Iowa researchers received the Arch T. Colwell award for best paper from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) on March 4 during the SAE 2003 World Congress in Detroit.

The recipients are: Karim Malek, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the UI College of Engineering; Jingzhou Yang, graduate assistant in mechanical engineering; Dr. Richard Brand, professor of orthopedic surgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine; and Emad Tanbour, senior project manager at HON INDUSTRIES and adjunct assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering.

The award, which recognizes authors of outstanding papers presented at SAE meetings, was given for the work, "Towards Understanding the Workspace of the Upper Extremities."

Selected from more than 3,000 publications prepared for SAE meetings during 2001, the paper was cited for its original contribution to existing knowledge of mobility engineering.

The paper reports the results of research conducted at the UI’s Digital Humans Laboratory (DHL) and presents unique mathematical formulations for determining and visualizing the workspace surrounding the human body. At the DHL, applications in designing command posts, cockpits, and vehicle interiors are demonstrated to the military, aerospace, furniture design, and construction industries.

Located in the UI Center for Computer Aided Design, the DHL conducts basic and applied research dealing with digital humans, modeling, simulation, real-time interaction, design, ergonomics, and virtual reality. The DHL was established in 2000 with initial funding from NATO, HON INDUSTRIES, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the National Science Foundation, Deere & Co. and the U.S. Army. The work and fundamental expertise found in the DHL result from 10 years of research in the robotics field.

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