Virtual Soldier Research Publishes New Book

July 15, 2013

The Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program at the University of Iowa has published a new book, titled "Human Modeling Simulation: Predictive Dynamics," Elsevier: Academic Press.

The book culminates the work of 10 years at VSR, while publishing a novel and well-tested method for predicting human motion -- "Predictive Dynamics." The program, led by Karim Abdel-Malek, professor of biomedical engineering and director of both CCAD and VSR, along with Jasbir Arora, F. Wendell Miller professor, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate director of CCAD, are working with more than 50 researchers from various fields to develop the VSR program.

VSR has pushed forward the field of digital human modeling by conducting novel research and creating new technology that predicts human posture, motion, and other functions in a high-fidelity, physics-based, three-dimensional, real-time environment.

Since its inception, VSR has had more than 200 people involved in developing the research. The program has delivered over $40 million in external funding to the UI, with research work crossing over to all branches of the US military and through contracts with major Fortune 500 companies. It also has had major publications appear in the highest rated journals in the field, and has created technology transfer and commercialization of a major software environment, creating more than 40 jobs alone in Iowa. VSR has captured the attention of scores of national and international media, including the Discovery Channel, Computer Graphics World, EarthNews, AutoEvolution, AI Magazine, Wired News, India's IbiTimes, and many more.

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