The OSE/IP Ergonomics/Biomechanics, Human Factors, and work simulation/gait laboratories are well equipped with most data collection equipment field-capable for on-site data collection. The labs are capable of motion capture, wireless electromyography (EMG), force measurement, vision tracking, and vibration measurement. In addition, the labs are capable of environmental assessment including noise, temperature, humidity, and illumination. Measurement of subject characteristics is afforded with various strength dynamometers and anthropometry measurement devices. The gait laboratory has a 60-foot walkway with motion capture, force plates, and fall protection system for subjects. The main OSE/IP Laboratories are located in Shelby Center on the third floor. The main research space consists of:
|The OSE/IP Library||The Biomechanics Laboratory||The Human Factors Engineering Laboratory||The Work Simulation and Gait Laboratory|
|(Shelby 3323A)||(Shelby 3325)||(Shelby 3326)||(Shelby Basement)|
The Vicon MX system is a state-of-art optical motion capture system that captures kinematic data from human motion activities. The human motion data is relayed to a computer where it is represented as position and angle-time profiles based on biomechanical linkage models. The major components of a Vicon MX system are the cameras, the controlling hardware module, the software to analyze and present the data, and a host computer to run the software. The MX system has been designed to be flexible, expandable and easy to integrate into your working environment. With a combination of MX system components you can create any size of system and link it easily to the external devices you want to use. This equipment can be used in any of the Auburn OSE/OIP Laboratories and can be used in the field. It is utilized in various research activities, including biomechanical analyses of manual materials handling activities, gait analyses, postural/motion comfort and discomfort analyses and automotive ergonomics. This equipment is utilized for undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 1110), Ergonomics I (INSY 7060) and Ergonomics II (INSY 7070). This equipment was recently used for a senior design project to compare various workstation layouts.