VIVA - the Virtual Vehicle Assembler

This page gives overall information about the project.

The objective of the VIVA (the Virtual Vehicle Assembler) project VINNOVA Dnr 2018-05026) is to perform research and development actions to provide Swedish vehicle industry with an efficient and usable ergonomics simulation (digital human modelling) tool. The tool will support engineers to, already at early stages of design and development processes, make more precise decisions about operators' ergonomics conditions in future workstations.

The project proposal addresses four main research and development challenges:

- simple and efficient muscle modelling
- human-robot collaboration verification considering safety, ergonomics and productivity
- body shapes and appearance of human models that represent actual human diversity
- manipulation of manikins, and visualisation of simulation and assessment results

The demonstrator software developed within the project will be based on the Swedish IPS IMMA DHM tool platform.



Project leader

Dan Lämkull, Volvo Cars,


Academic institutions / Research organisations

- Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science (IMS)
- Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre (FCC)
- University of Skövde, School of Engineering Science

Industrial partners

- Scania CV
- Volvo Cars


The project is funded by:
- VINNOVA within the FFI (Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation) sub-program Sustainable Production
- The participating organisations

External Links



Perez Luque, Estela, et al. (2020). Evaluation of the Use of Exoskeletons in the Range of Motion of Workers. Abstract accepted to SPS2020, Jönköping, 21-24 April 2020.

Garcia Rivera, Francisco, et al. (2020). Using motion capture and virtual reality to assess the design of workstations. Abstract accepted to SPS2020, Jönköping, 21-24 April 2020.

Degree Projects

Hoyos Rodriguez, David (2019). Realistic Computer aided design: model of an exoskeleton. Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap. 

Perez Luque, Estela (2019). Evaluation of the Use of Exoskeletons in the Range of Motion of Workers. Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap.