VSR Mission

Our mission is to deliver high fidelity, biomechanically accurate research to enable validated modeling and simulation of human activities to assist in biomedical engineering, ergonomic analysis, human performance analysis, human systems integration, and training.


OverviewThe Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR) is an independent research group within the Center for Computer-Aided Design at the University of Iowa. Our research is aimed at creating interactive, intelligent, and predictive human models that operate in virtual, physics-based environments. Read More »


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HistoryThe Digital Humans Laboratory was established at the University of Iowa in 1998. The laboratory conducted basic research in the area of motion prediction and human simulation in a virtual world. In 2003, VSR was established with the goal of developing and creating new technologies to perfect Digital Human Modeling (DHM) and simulation. Read More »


OpportunitiesWe are a group of about 35 people (faculty, staff, scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, and graduate students) who have come together to conduct research dealing with human modeling and simulation. Various student research opportunities are available. Read More »


FacilitiesThe Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program is located within the Center for Computer-Aided Design on The University of Iowa campus.  We have over 5,000 sq ft of space distributed amongst seven affiliated laboratories. Read More »


ResearchThe research at VSR is very diverse and there are always many different projects going on at once. Our research is aimed at developing a new generation of digital humans comprising realistic human models including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, and intelligence in real-time. Read More »


SponsorshipVSR’s funding comes from a number of well known sponsors whose support allows us to continue developing state-of-art technologies and industry solutions. Our human modeling and simulation environment can help address the needs of a wide array of industries such as: military, automotive, construction, forensic simulation, disability and rehabilitation evaluation, gaming, injury prediction, manufacturing, ergonomics, and clothing/fashion design. Read More »