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Shoulder Muscular Fatigue From Static Posture Concurrently Reduces Cognitive Attentional Resources, Mitchell L. Stephenson, Alec G. Ostrander, Hamid Norasi, Michael C. Dorneich Jun 2019

Shoulder Muscular Fatigue From Static Posture Concurrently Reduces Cognitive Attentional Resources, Mitchell L. Stephenson, Alec G. Ostrander, Hamid Norasi, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Objective: The goal of this work is to determine whether muscular fatigue concurrently reduces cognitive attentional resources in technical tasks for healthy adults.

Background: Muscular fatigue is common in the workplace but often dissociated with cognitive performance. A corpus of literature demonstrates a link between muscular fatigue and cognitive function, but few investigations demonstrate that the instigation of the former degrades the latter in a way that may affect technical task completion. For example, laparoscopic surgery increases muscular fatigue, which may risk attentional capacity reduction and undermine surgical outcomes.

Method: A total of 26 healthy participants completed a dual-task cognitive ...


Feedback Design Considerations For Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems, Jamiahus Walton, Alec Ostrander, Kaitlyn M. Ouverson, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael C. Dorneich, Eliot H. Winer, Anne Sinatra Sep 2018

Feedback Design Considerations For Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems, Jamiahus Walton, Alec Ostrander, Kaitlyn M. Ouverson, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael C. Dorneich, Eliot H. Winer, Anne Sinatra

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Challenges arise when developing a computer-based Intelligent Team Tutoring System (ITTS) that attempts to deliver feedback to teams as effectively as a human tutor. The purpose of this current work is to outline elements of feedback that should be considered when designing feedback for an ITTS. The authors present the results of a study that consisted of 32 participants grouped into 16 teams of two. Each team conducted a surveillance task where they received individual or team feedback. Feedback content was written using either the bald (direct feedback; no need for interpretation) or off-record (general feedback; interpretation needed) etiquette strategy ...


Stress Inducing Demands In Virtual Environments, Tor Finseth, Neil Barnett, Elizabeth Shirtcliff, Michael C. Dorneich, Nir Keren Sep 2018

Stress Inducing Demands In Virtual Environments, Tor Finseth, Neil Barnett, Elizabeth Shirtcliff, Michael C. Dorneich, Nir Keren

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

This study investigated how simulated features in a virtual reality (VR) induce stress by means of user-focused demands in serious games. VR serious games have been used for therapeutic interventions, standardized stress tests, and occupational training. However, it is an open question how stress can be induced using serious games formal features, such as tasks/sensory modalities, music, pace of the game, and graphics. The Highrise VR standardized stress simulation was built to induce stress cohesively based on emotional, social, cognitive, and physical demands. The simulation induces stress by requiring coping with emotional demand (innate fear) of being at a ...


The Wearer, The Device, And Its Use: Advances In Understanding The Social Acceptability Of Wearables, Norene Kelly, Stephen B. Gilbert Sep 2018

The Wearer, The Device, And Its Use: Advances In Understanding The Social Acceptability Of Wearables, Norene Kelly, Stephen B. Gilbert

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The WEAR Scale was used to collect data on the social acceptability of three wearable devices from 1,387 participants from the US Midwest and Silicon Valley. The most notable result was that a head-worn “medical device” was rated as more socially acceptable (d=0.78) than the same device described as a “brain fitness tool,” which was the opposite of what was hypothesized. Also, as hypothesized, Silicon Valley participants found the wearables more socially acceptable than Midwestern U.S. participants. The Scale and these results enable industry to better predict the human factors affecting social acceptability of wearables throughout ...


An Analysis Of Video Games Using The Dimensions Of Human-Agent Interaction, Güliz Tokadli, Kaitlyn M. Ouverson, Chase Meusel, Austin Garcia, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael C. Dorneich Sep 2018

An Analysis Of Video Games Using The Dimensions Of Human-Agent Interaction, Güliz Tokadli, Kaitlyn M. Ouverson, Chase Meusel, Austin Garcia, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Designers of human-agent interaction techniques may benefit from an analysis of existing video games that include aspects of human-agent teaming. Many popular multi-player video games have been designed to integrate multiple human and computer agents in pursuit of a common objective and can serve as a testbed to explore novel interaction methods in human-agent teams. A guiding framework of human-agent interaction was created to bridge best practices between video game and real-world domains. The framework was used to analyze games on five main dimensions: 1) Levels of Automation, 2) Levels of Interaction, 3) Control Mode, 4) Teaming, and 5) Interaction ...


Vastus And Patellar Protection With Range Of Motion Pad – Advanced Personal Protective Equipment For The Lower Body, Richard T. Stone, Brandon Moeller, Thomas M. Schnieders, Ahmad Mumani Sep 2018

Vastus And Patellar Protection With Range Of Motion Pad – Advanced Personal Protective Equipment For The Lower Body, Richard T. Stone, Brandon Moeller, Thomas M. Schnieders, Ahmad Mumani

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The standard knee pad is considered the most ineffective personal protective equipment in the American football player’s uniform. This study quantitatively and qualitatively assesses personal protective equipment for the lower body for U.S. football players against the VAPPR Pad (Vastus And Patellar Protection with Range of motion), the next iteration of lower body protection. The study consisted of player surveys, material drop testing, and Performance Drill testing including broad-jump, L-drill, pro-agility, and gait analysis with 138 participants in the initial survey and 25 men in the physical testing. Results of the Performance Drill Testing proved that unpadded players ...


Ergonomic Analysis Of Modern Day Kitchen Knives, Richard T. Stone, Olivia Janusz, Thomas M. Schnieders Sep 2018

Ergonomic Analysis Of Modern Day Kitchen Knives, Richard T. Stone, Olivia Janusz, Thomas M. Schnieders

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The focus of this study was on how different knife characteristics affect the consumer’s ability to slice vegetables. The aim of this study was to investigate if there is a difference in cutting between a chef knife and a santoku knife, a ceramic knife and a stainless-steel knife, and a sharp and dull knife in terms of muscle activation, body part discomfort, time, and slice performance. The results show for the consumer that knife characteristics do not affect the user’s performance.


Ranking Importance Of Exoskeleton Design Aspects, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone Sep 2018

Ranking Importance Of Exoskeleton Design Aspects, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The objective of this research project was to determine what a conglomerate of professionals consider as the most important metrics to consider when designing an exoskeleton for training. Over 400 researchers, engineers, and scientists were polled in a ranked order survey covering more than 50 different aspects in engineering design. These aspects were identified from a cogent literature review for consideration. While there are a slew of papers covering the results of exoskeleton designs as posture support mechanisms, rehabilitation mechanisms, tools to assist or replace body functions, and human performance augmentation, few cover what aspects were considered in the engineering ...


Modeling Expertise And Adaptability In Virtual Operator Models, Yu Du, Michael C. Dorneich, Brian L. Steward Jun 2018

Modeling Expertise And Adaptability In Virtual Operator Models, Yu Du, Michael C. Dorneich, Brian L. Steward

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

To advance construction machine design and testing, model-based design and virtual operator models (VOMs) can be used to explore machine designs virtually. However, current VOM efforts have been restricted to mimicking known trajectories, recorded from actual machine operations. Previous work developed a VOM to use in closed-loop simulation with an excavator model. To advance the utility of model-based machine testing, the fidelity of the VOM was enhanced along three lines: 1) representation of expert work cycle operation, 2) adaptation to changes in work site environment and 3) adaptation to changes when operating different machines. To represent expertise, work cycle task ...


Evaluating Human–Automation Etiquette Strategies To Mitigate User Frustration And Improve Learning In Affect-Aware Tutoring, Euijung Yang, Michael C. Dorneich May 2018

Evaluating Human–Automation Etiquette Strategies To Mitigate User Frustration And Improve Learning In Affect-Aware Tutoring, Euijung Yang, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Human–automation etiquette applies human–human etiquette conventions to human–computer interaction (HCI). The research described in this paper investigates how to mitigate user frustration and support student learning through changes in the style in which a computer tutor interacts with a learner. Frustration can significantly impact the quality of learning in tutoring. This study examined an approach to mitigate frustration through the use of different etiquette strategies to change the amount of imposition feedback placed on the learner. An experiment was conducted to explore how varying the interaction style of system feedback impacted aspects of the learning process. System ...


Affect-Aware Adaptive Tutoring Based On Human–Automation Etiquette Strategies, Euijung Yang, Michael C. Dorneich Mar 2018

Affect-Aware Adaptive Tutoring Based On Human–Automation Etiquette Strategies, Euijung Yang, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Objective: We investigated adapting the interaction style of intelligent tutoring system (ITS) feedback based on human–automation etiquette strategies.

Background: Most ITSs adapt the content difficulty level, adapt the feedback timing, or provide extra content when they detect cognitive or affective decrements. Our previous work demonstrated that changing the interaction style via different feedback etiquette strategies has differential effects on students’ motivation, confidence, satisfaction, and performance. The best etiquette strategy was also determined by user frustration.

Method: Based on these findings, a rule set was developed that systemically selected the proper etiquette strategy to address one of four learning factors ...


3d Perception-Based Collision-Free Robotic Leaf Probing For Automated Indoor Plant Phenotyping, Yin Bao, Dylan Shah, Lie Tang Jan 2018

3d Perception-Based Collision-Free Robotic Leaf Probing For Automated Indoor Plant Phenotyping, Yin Bao, Dylan Shah, Lie Tang

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Various instrumentation devices for plant physiology study such as spectrometer, chlorophyll fluorimeter, and Raman spectroscopy sensor require accurate placement of their sensor probes toward the leaf surface to meet specific requirements of probe-to-target distance and orientation. In this work, a Kinect V2 sensor, a high-precision 2D laser profilometer, and a six-axis robotic manipulator were used to automate the leaf probing task. The relatively wide field of view and high resolution of Kinect V2 allowed rapid capture of the full 3D environment in front of the robot. The location and size of each plant were estimated by k-means clustering where “k ...


Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Graduated Stress Exposure In Virtual Spaceflight Hazard Training, Tor T. Finseth, Nir Keren, Michael C. Dorneich, Warren D. Franke, Clayton C. Anderson, Mack C. Shelley Ii Jan 2018

Evaluating The Effectiveness Of Graduated Stress Exposure In Virtual Spaceflight Hazard Training, Tor T. Finseth, Nir Keren, Michael C. Dorneich, Warren D. Franke, Clayton C. Anderson, Mack C. Shelley Ii

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

Psychological and physiological stress experienced by astronauts can pose risks to mission success. In clinical settings, gradually increasing stressors help patients develop resilience. It is unclear whether graduated stress exposure can affect responses to acute stressors during spaceflight. This study evaluated psychophysiological responses to potentially catastrophic spaceflight operation, with and without graduated stress exposure, using a virtual reality environment. Twenty healthy participants were tasked with locating a fire on a virtual International Space Station (VR-ISS). After orientation, the treatment group (n = 10) practiced searching for a fire while exposed to a low-level stressor (light smoke), while the control group (n ...


Five Lenses On Team Tutor Challenges: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael Dorneich, Jamiahus Walton, Eliot Winer Jan 2018

Five Lenses On Team Tutor Challenges: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Stephen B. Gilbert, Michael Dorneich, Jamiahus Walton, Eliot Winer

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

This chapter describes five disciplinary domains of research or lenses that contribute to the design of a team tutor. We focus on four significant challenges in developing Intelligent Team Tutoring Systems (ITTSs), and explore how the five lenses can offer guidance for these challenges. The four challenges arise in the design of team member interactions, performance metrics and skill development, feedback, and tutor authoring. The five lenses or research domains that we apply to these four challenges are Tutor Engineering, Learning Sciences, Science of Teams, Data Analyst, and Human–Computer Interaction. This matrix of applications from each perspective offers a ...


Let’S Stop Treating Our Youth Like Dummies, William E. Field, Yuan-Hsin Cheng, Roger Tormoehlen, Robert Aherin, Charles V. Schwab, Daniel Neenan, Matthew Roberts Jan 2018

Let’S Stop Treating Our Youth Like Dummies, William E. Field, Yuan-Hsin Cheng, Roger Tormoehlen, Robert Aherin, Charles V. Schwab, Daniel Neenan, Matthew Roberts

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

At a recent training event to evaluate various types of rescue devices and strategies to extricate victims from partial entrapment in free-flowing grain, a group of volunteer high school students were invited to participate as test subjects. For each test, two youth were equipped with full-body harnesses and lifelines, asked to stand on the grain surface in a semi-trailer load of dry corn, and then allowed to be drawn into the grain as the bottom discharge gate under each youth was opened. Both “victims” were drawn into the grain at either end of the trailer at the same time, each ...


Estimating Passive Stress Acting On A Grain Entrapment Victim’S Chest, Salah F. Issa, Carl Wassgren, Charles V. Schwab, Richard Stroshine, William E. Field Jan 2018

Estimating Passive Stress Acting On A Grain Entrapment Victim’S Chest, Salah F. Issa, Carl Wassgren, Charles V. Schwab, Richard Stroshine, William E. Field

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Grain entrapments remain a major concern in the grain industry, with 1,100 incidents documented since the 1970s. One particular concern is the ability of a victim to breathe while entrapped in grain. Anecdotal reports suggest that victims struggle to breathe when entrapped in grain to a depth that covers their chests, yet some evidence indicates that victims should be able to breathe normally as long as their airways are not blocked regardless of depth. The hypothesis for this discrepancy is that previously published experiments measured an active stress state in the grain, while a person breathing also experiences a ...


Prediction Of Extraction Forces For Entrapment Victim In Common Grain Storage Conditions, Charles V. Schwab, Pamela J. Schwab, Lauren E. Schwab Jan 2018

Prediction Of Extraction Forces For Entrapment Victim In Common Grain Storage Conditions, Charles V. Schwab, Pamela J. Schwab, Lauren E. Schwab

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Presentations

One contributor to agriculture’s high death rate is confined space fatalities caused by entrapment in granular materials. Over 1,000 grain-related fatalities have been documented by researchers in 43 states, and those states with the largest grain storage capacities have been shown to experience a proportionally large number of the suffocation fatalities. Several researchers have measured extraction forces in specific conditions, but a reference standard for estimating the extraction forces for a grain suffocation victim in common conditions is needed. A prediction model for estimating extraction forces was developed using the principle of boundary shear, an approximation of human ...


Rapid Tagging And Reporting For Functional Language Extraction In Scientific Articles, Mahdi Ramezani, Vijay K. Kalivarapu, Stephen B. Gilbert, Sarah R. Huffman, Elena Cotos, Annette M. O'Connor Dec 2017

Rapid Tagging And Reporting For Functional Language Extraction In Scientific Articles, Mahdi Ramezani, Vijay K. Kalivarapu, Stephen B. Gilbert, Sarah R. Huffman, Elena Cotos, Annette M. O'Connor

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

This paper describes the development of a web-based application for tagging scientific articles, in part to create machine learning training datasets for automated functional language identification and extraction (AFLEX). The initial intent for this work was to provide a new member of the ecosystem of tools that facilitate the structured automation of systematic reviews, an area of work that typically requires critical analysis of multiple research studies and provides an exhaustive summary of literature related to a research question. However, the tool’s modular interface allows use across disciplines. A user may upload PDF or text documents and quickly tag ...


Arctic Lawe: An Upper-Body Exoskeleton For Firearm Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Tyler Oviatt, Eric Danford-Klein Dec 2017

Arctic Lawe: An Upper-Body Exoskeleton For Firearm Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Tyler Oviatt, Eric Danford-Klein

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

The Armed Robotic Control for Training in Civilian Law Enforcement, or ARCTiC LawE, is an upper-body exoskeleton designed to assist civilian, military, and law enforcement personnel in accurate, precise, and reliable handgun techniques. This exoskeleton training utilizes a laser-based handgun with similar dimensions, trigger pull, and break action to a Glock® 19 pistol, common to both public and private security sectors. The paper aims to train and test subjects with no handgun training/experience both with and without the ARCTiC LawE and compare the results of accuracy, precision, and speed. Ultimately, the exoskeleton greatly impacts sensory motor learning, and the ...


Development Of Design Requirements For A Cognitive Assistant In Space Missions Beyond Low Earth Orbit, Güliz Tokadl, Michael C. Dorneich Oct 2017

Development Of Design Requirements For A Cognitive Assistant In Space Missions Beyond Low Earth Orbit, Güliz Tokadl, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

This study describes the development of requirements for a cognitive assistant (CA) for use onboard a space vehicle/station. For missions beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), delayed communication will limit mission control’s ability to support the space crew in real time. During off-nominal situations, where no procedures have been developed prior to missions, crews must develop responses in real time and may increasingly rely on automation. A systematic approach was used to model the domain knowledge of the collaborative decision-making process of current space operations, extrapolate to missions beyond LEO, and develop the design requirements for a CA. Document ...


The Effect Of Locking Out Radial And Ulnar Deviation With An Upper Body Exoskeleton On Handgun Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Tyler Oviatt, Eric Danford-Klein Sep 2017

The Effect Of Locking Out Radial And Ulnar Deviation With An Upper Body Exoskeleton On Handgun Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Tyler Oviatt, Eric Danford-Klein

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

This paper presents the first version of the ARCTiC LawE, short for the Armed Robotic Control for Training in Civilian Law Enforcement. The ARCTiC LawE is an upper body exoskeleton designed to assist in training civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel. The first iteration of this exoskeleton tests the effect of locking out radial and ulnar deviation for handgun training. The project trained and tested subjects with little to no handgun training/experience utilizing the ARCTiC LawE. An analysis of accuracy and precision was conducted with 24 participants. The experimental group scored statistically significantly higher than the control group at ...


The Effect Of Locking Out Wrist Flexion And Extension With An Upper Body Exoskeleton On Handgun Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Erik Danford-Klein, Tyler Oviatt Sep 2017

The Effect Of Locking Out Wrist Flexion And Extension With An Upper Body Exoskeleton On Handgun Training, Thomas M. Schnieders, Richard T. Stone, Erik Danford-Klein, Tyler Oviatt

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

The second version of The Armed Robotic Control for Training in Civilian Law Enforcement, or ARCTiC LawE is presented in this paper. The ARCTiC LawE is an upper body exoskeleton designed to assist in training civilians, military, and law enforcement personnel. This second iteration tests the effect of locking out wrist flexion and extension for handgun training in addition to locking out the radial and ulnar deviation from the first version of The ARCTiC LawE. The experimental group scored significantly higher than the control group at 21 feet and 45 feet over a two-week period. The training occurred in week ...


Human-Robot Collaborated Exploration And Wayfinding: Orientation Awareness And Its Enhancement, Richard T. Stone, Peihan Zhong, Thomas M. Schnieders Sep 2017

Human-Robot Collaborated Exploration And Wayfinding: Orientation Awareness And Its Enhancement, Richard T. Stone, Peihan Zhong, Thomas M. Schnieders

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Orientation awareness, being aware of heading direction, current location, and an object’s location relative to current location are all critical for wayfinding. Obtaining and maintaining the orientation awareness is a challenging task and even more difficult in remote wayfinding where the wayfinder cannot physically be in the environment. This study designed an interface to enhance the orientation awareness under a remote wayfinding condition by providing a route map showing the previous path taken by the operator and evaluated its effectiveness. Sixteen participants were tested in this study with eight people in each group. The experimental group received the interface ...


Designing Adaptive Instruction For Teams: A Meta-Analysis, Robert A. Sottilare, C. Shawn Burke, Eduardo Salas, Anne M. Sinatra, Joan H. Johnston, Stephen B. Gilbert Jun 2017

Designing Adaptive Instruction For Teams: A Meta-Analysis, Robert A. Sottilare, C. Shawn Burke, Eduardo Salas, Anne M. Sinatra, Joan H. Johnston, Stephen B. Gilbert

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

The goal of this research was the development of a practical architecture for the computer-based tutoring of teams. This article examines the relationship of team behaviors as antecedents to successful team performance and learning during adaptive instruction guided by Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). Adaptive instruction is a training or educational experience tailored by artificially-intelligent, computer-based tutors with the goal of optimizing learner outcomes (e.g., knowledge and skill acquisition, performance, enhanced retention, accelerated learning, or transfer of skills from instructional environments to work environments). The core contribution of this research was the identification of behavioral markers associated with the antecedents ...


Evaluation Of The Display Of Cognitive State Feedback To Drive Adaptive Task Sharing, Michael C. Dorneich, Břetislav Passinger, Christopher Hamblin, Claudia Keinrath, Jiři Vašek, Stephen D. Whitlow, Martijn Beekhuyzen Mar 2017

Evaluation Of The Display Of Cognitive State Feedback To Drive Adaptive Task Sharing, Michael C. Dorneich, Břetislav Passinger, Christopher Hamblin, Claudia Keinrath, Jiři Vašek, Stephen D. Whitlow, Martijn Beekhuyzen

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

This paper presents an adaptive system intended to address workload imbalances between pilots in future flight decks. Team performance can be maximized when task demands are balanced within crew capabilities and resources. Good communication skills enable teams to adapt to changes in workload, and include the balancing of workload between team members This work addresses human factors priorities in the aviation domain with the goal to develop concepts that balance operator workload, support future operator roles and responsibilities, and support new task requirements, while allowing operators to focus on the most safety critical tasks. A traditional closed-loop adaptive system includes ...


User Interface Device For Adaptive Systems, Stephen Whitlow, Claudia Keinrath, Michael C. Dorneich Jan 2017

User Interface Device For Adaptive Systems, Stephen Whitlow, Claudia Keinrath, Michael C. Dorneich

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Patents

A system for providing feedback regarding the division of automated and operator tasks is provided. The system includes a display device and a processor. The processor is configured to at least selectively supply image rendering display commands to the display device that cause the display device to simultaneously render an operator pane, an automation pane, and a shared pane. The operator pane displays one or more tasks that have been allocated for execution by a human operator, the automation pane displays one or more tasks that have been allocated for execution by automation, and the shared pane displays one or ...


Comparing Visual Assembly Aids For Augmented Reality Work Instructions, Anastacia Macallister, Melynda Hoover, Stephen Gilbert, James Oliver, Rafael Radkowski, Timothy Garrett, Joseph Holub, Eliot Winer, Scott Terry, Paul Davies Jan 2017

Comparing Visual Assembly Aids For Augmented Reality Work Instructions, Anastacia Macallister, Melynda Hoover, Stephen Gilbert, James Oliver, Rafael Radkowski, Timothy Garrett, Joseph Holub, Eliot Winer, Scott Terry, Paul Davies

Mechanical Engineering Conference Presentations, Papers, and Proceedings

Increased product complexity and the focus on zero defects, especially when manufacturing complex engineered products, means new tools are required for helping workers conduct challenging assembly tasks. Augmented reality (AR) has shown considerable promise in delivering work instructions over traditional methods. Many proof-of-concept systems have demonstrated the feasibility of AR but little work has been devoted to understanding how users perceive different AR work instruction interface elements. This paper presents a between-subjects study looking at how interface elements for object depth placement in a scene impact a user’s ability to quickly and accurately assemble a mock aircraft wing in ...


Agricultural Worker Injury Comparative Risk Assessment Methodology: Assessing Corn And Biofuel Switchgrass Production Systems, Gretchen A. Mosher, Saxon J. Ryan, Charles V. Schwab Jan 2017

Agricultural Worker Injury Comparative Risk Assessment Methodology: Assessing Corn And Biofuel Switchgrass Production Systems, Gretchen A. Mosher, Saxon J. Ryan, Charles V. Schwab

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Keeping workers safe is a continuing challenge in agricultural production. Risk assessment methodologies have been used widely in other industries to better understand systems and enhance decision making, yet their use in production agriculture has been limited. This article describes the considerations and the approach taken to measure the difference in worker injury risks between two agricultural production systems. A model was developed specifically for the comparison of worker injury risk between corn and biofuel switchgrass production systems. The model is composed of injury and exposure values that were used in a Monte Carlo simulation. The output of this risk ...


Virtual Operator Models For Off-Highway Machine Virtual Prototyping, Yu Du, Michael C. Dorneich, Brian L. Steward Jan 2017

Virtual Operator Models For Off-Highway Machine Virtual Prototyping, Yu Du, Michael C. Dorneich, Brian L. Steward

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Increasing demands on the world’s resources require the design of off-highway machines that provide greater functionality and productivity along with greater efficiency. Model-based or virtual design provides a means for achieving these design improvements with reduced time and costs. However, virtual design is often limited by the fidelity with which human operators are modeled. A greater understanding of how highly skilled operators obtain high machine performance and productivity can inform machine development and advance agricultural and construction machine automation technology. This research investigated how machine operator expertise, strategies, and decision-making can be integrated into operator models that simulate authentic ...


Apparent Coefficient Of Friction Of Wheat On Denim, Charles V. Schwab Jan 2017

Apparent Coefficient Of Friction Of Wheat On Denim, Charles V. Schwab

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Publications

Calculation of the extraction force for a grain entrapment victim requires a coefficient of friction between the grain and the surface of the victim. Because denim is a common fabric for the work clothes that cover entrapment victims, the coefficient of friction between grain and denim becomes necessary. The purpose of this research was to calculate the apparent coefficient of friction of wheat on denim fabric using a proven procedure. The expectation is to improve the current understanding of conditions that influence extraction forces for victims buried in wheat. The apparent coefficient of friction of wheat on denim fabric was ...