Human Motion Simulation: Predictive Dynamics

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Elsevier Science & Technology Books, 2013 - Computers - 275 pages
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Simulate realistic human motion in a virtual world with an optimization-based approach to motion prediction. With this approach, motion is governed by human performance measures, such as speed and energy, which act as objective functions to be optimized. Constraints on joint torques and angles are imposed quite easily. Predicting motion in this way allows one to use avatars to study how and why humans move the way they do, given specific scenarios. It also enables avatars to react to infinitely many scenarios with substantial autonomy. With this approach it is possible to predict dynamic motion without having to integrate equations of motion -- rather than solving equations of motion, this approach solves for a continuous time-dependent curve characterizing joint variables (also called joint profiles) for every degree of freedom.



  • Introduces rigorous mathematical methods for digital human modelling and simulation
  • Focuses on understanding and representing spatial relationships (3D) of biomechanics
  • Develops an innovative optimization-based approach to predicting human movement
  • Extensively illustrated with 3D images of simulated human motion (full color in the ebook version)

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Jasbir Singh Arora is an F. Wendell Miller Professor of Engineering, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa. He obtained his PhD in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Arora is the Associate Director of the Center for Computer Aided Design. He is a Senior Advisor for the International Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and he is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Arora is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of optimization and his book Introduction to Optimum Design, 3rd Edition (Academic Press, 2012, 978-0-12-381375-6) is used worldwide. Jasbir Singh Arora is an F. Wendell Miller Professor of Engineering, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa. He obtained his PhD in Mechanics and Hydraulics from the University of Iowa. Dr. Arora is the Associate Director of the Center for Computer Aided Design. He is a Senior Advisor for the International Journal of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and he is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Arora is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of optimization and his book Introduction to Optimum Design, 3rd Edition (Academic Press, 2012, 978-0-12-381375-6) is used worldwide.

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