Research projects

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CROMM - Creation of Muscle Manikins

The CROMM project (Vinnova Dnr 2012-04584) will result in a user friendly and highly automated software that can be used in digital production preparation for the optimisation of human centred production systems that allow industry partners to:

  • predict, visualise and evaluate musculoskeletal load on workers interacting with products and production systems.
  • increase productivity in the product and production preparation process by performing production balancing in parallel with musculoskeletal load analyses on workers. 

Duration

2013-2016

Project leader

Lars Hanson, Scania AB / Chalmers / University of Skövde
Telephone: +46 707-890272

Co-project leaders

Johan S Carlson, FCC (Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre)
Dan Högberg, University of Skövde

Senior researchers

Lars Hanson (PhD/Professor), Scania AB / Chalmers / University of Skövde
Johan S Carlson (PhD), FCC
Robert Bohlin (PhD), FCC
Dan Högberg (PhD/Associate Professor), University of Skövde
Johan Nyström (PhD), FCC
Staffan Björkenstam (MSc), FCC

PhD students

Erik Brolin, University of Skövde / Chalmers (now PhD)
Ali Keyvani, University West / Chalmers (now PhD)
Ida-Märta Rhén, Chalmers / Karolinska Institutet / FCC
Fredrik Ore, Scania / Mälardalen University (now Lic.)

Research assistants

Niclas Delfs, FCC
Peter Mårdberg, FCC
Stefan Gustafsson, FCC
Nicklas Damgren, University of Skövde

Degree project students

Elma Bašić, KTH, Scania
Malin Idoffsson, KTH, Scania
Víctor Aguilar, Miguel Hernandez University, Alicante, Spain / Scania
Lovisa Kullberg, Högskolan i Halmstad / Volvo Cars, Scania, Volvo Group
Luca Caltagirone, Chalmers / FCC

Partners

Academic institutions / Research organisations

- Chalmers University of Technology (VEC partner)
- Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre (FCC)
- University of Skövde (VEC partner)
- University West

Industrial partners

- Combitech Systems AB
- International Automotive Components Group Sweden AB (IAC)
- Scania CV AB
- Virtual Manufacturing Sweden AB
- Volvo Car Corporation
- Volvo Technology AB

Funding 

The project is funded by:
- Vinnova, FFI - Fordonsstrategisk Forskning och Innovation
- The participating organisations

Publications

Brolin, E. (2016). Anthropometric diversity and consideration of human capabilities - Methods for virtual product and production development, Doctoral Thesis, Department of Product and Production Development, Chalmers, Sweden.

Brolin, E., Högberg, D., Hanson, L. and Örtengren, R. (2016). Development and Evaluation of an Anthropometric Module for Digital Human Modelling Systems. Submitted to International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Under review.

Brolin, E., Högberg, D., Hanson, L. and Örtengren, R. (2016). Adaptive regression model for prediction of anthropometric data. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation.

Ore, F., Reddy Vemula, B., Hanson, L. and Wiktorsson, M. (2016). Human-Industrial Robot Collaboration – Optimisation of Handover Position. In 6th CIRP CATS 2016. Gothenburg, Sweden: Procedia CIRP.

Brolin, E., Högberg, D., Hanson, L. and Örtengren, R. (2016). Adaptive regression model for synthesizing anthropometric population data. Submitted to International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, Under review.

Brolin, E., Högberg, D., Hanson, L. and Örtengren, R. (2016). Generation and Evaluation of Distributed Cases by Clustering of Diverse Anthropometric Data. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation.

Högberg, D., Hanson, L., Bohlin, R. and Carlson, J.S. (2016). Creating and shaping the DHM tool IMMA for ergonomic product and production design. International Journal of Digital Human, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.132-152.

Ore, F. (2015). Human − industrial robot collaboration : Simulation, visualisation and optimisation of future assembly workstations. Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses: 211. 2015: Västerås : Mälardalen University.

Bjorkenstam, S., Carlson, J.S., Lennartson, B. (2015). Exploiting sparsity in the discrete mechanics and optimal control method with application to human motion planning. Proceedings of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), pp.769-774, 24-28 Aug. 2015
doi: 10.1109/CoASE.2015.7294174.

Ore, F., Hanson, L., Delfs, N. and Wiktorsson, M. (2015). Human industrial robot collaboration - development and application of simulation software. International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, 5(2): pp. 164-185.

Högberg, D., Brolin, E. and Hanson, L. (2015). Accommodation levels for ellipsoid versus cuboid defined boundary cases. Procedia Manufacturing, Volume 3, 2015, pp. 3702-3708.

Högberg, D., Brolin, E. and Hanson, L. (2015). Identification of redundant boundary cases. Proceedings of the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association. Lindgaard, G. and Moore, D. (Eds.), Melbourne, Australia, 9-14 August, 2015.

Keyvani, A. (2014). Structuring and use of motion data for computer manikin work task simulations, Doctoral Thesis, Department of Product and Production Development, Chalmers, Sweden.

Mårdberg, P., Carlson, J.S., Bohlin, R., Delfs, N., Gustafsson, S., Högberg, D. and Hanson, L. (2014). Using a Formal High-Level Language and Automated Manikin to Automatically Generate Assembly Instructions. International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation (IJHFMS), Vol. 4, No. 3/4, pp. 233-249.

Högberg, D., Brolin, E. and Hanson, L. (2014). Basic Method for Handling Trivariate Normal Distributions in Case Definition for Design and Human Simulation. Advances in Applied Digital Human Modeling. Duffy, V.G. (Ed.). AHFE Conference, pp. 27-40, ISBN 978-1-4951-2094-7.

Brolin, E., Högberg, L. and Hanson, L. (2014). Design of a Digital Human Modelling Module for Consideration of Anthropometric Diversity. Advances in Applied Digital Human Modeling. Duffy, V.G. (Ed.). AHFE Conference, pp. 114-120, ISBN 978-1-4951-2094-7.

Ore, F., Hanson, L., Delfs, N. and Wiktorsson, M. (2014). Virtual evaluation and Optimisation of industrial Human-Robot Cooperation: An Automotive Case Study. Proceedings of DHM 2014, Third International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, Japan, May 2014.

Brolin, E., Hanson, L. and Högberg, D. (2014). Digital human arm models with variation in size, strength and range of motion. Proceedings of DHM 2014, Third International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, Japan, May 2014.

Hanson, L., Högberg, D., Carlson, J.S., Bohlin, R., Brolin, E., Delfs, N., Mårdberg, P., Gustafsson, S., Keyvani, A., Rhen, I-M. (2014). IMMA – Intelligently moving manikins in automotive applications. Proceeding of ISHS 2014, Third International Summit on Human Simulation, Japan, May 2014.

Delfs, N., Bohlin, R., Hanson, L., Högberg, D. and Carlson, J.S. (2013). Introducing Stability Of Forces To The Automatic Creation Of Digital Human Postures. Proceedings of DHM 2013, Second International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, USA, June 2013.

Brolin, E., Hanson, L., Högberg, D. and Örtengren, R. (2013). Adaptive Regression Model for Prediction of Anthropometric Variables. Proceedings of DHM 2013, Second International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, USA, June 2013.

Keyvani, A., Högberg, D., Hanson, L., Lämkull, D., Delfs, N., Rhen, I.M. and Örtengren, R. (2013). Ergonomics risk assessment of a manikin’s wrist movements – a test study in manual assembly. Proceedings of DHM 2013, Second International Digital Human Modeling Symposium, USA, June 2013.

Master theses

Bašić, E. and Idoffsson, M. (2016). Evaluation and Scania customisation of the Digital Human Modelling tool IMMA. Master thesis. KTH.

Kullberg, L. (2014). Analysis and evaluation of the ergonomic simulation software IMMA. Master thesis. Halmstad University.

Aguilar, V. (2014). Digital manikin control through Microsoft Kinect - Controlling digital human models in the assembly motion simulation tool IMMA in real-time through the motion sensor Microsoft Kinect. Master thesis. Miguel Hernández University, Spain, in cooperation with Scania.

 

Creation of Muscle Manikins