Digital Human Modeling and Simulation


A/Prof Gunther Paul, Ph.D.
James Cook University
Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
Mackay Base Hospital
Mackay, QLD 4740, Australia
Phone: +61 7 4885 7156



Sofia Scataglini
1. PostDoc Researcher at Belgian Royal Military Academy
Dept. of Mathematics
2. PostDoc Researcher at Military Hospital Queen Astrid
Center for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
3. Visiting Professor at Antwerp University
Faculty of Design Science, Dept. of Product Development


Doc. Dr. Gregor Harih
Assistant professor and researcher
University of Maribor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Smetanova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenija
T: +386 2 220 7693


Contact Dr. Gunther Paul for more information or to join this Technical Committee



Nowadays, digital modelling of physical humans and their behaviour has in
many ways and application areas matured from research into industrial
application. Nevertheless, a large potential for further development
remains. With regard to human simulation, digital human models (DHM) have
become commonly used tools in virtual prototyping and human-centred
product design. They support human-in-the-loop (HITL) ergonomic
evaluation of new product designs during the early design stages of a
product, by means of modeling anthropometry, posture, forces, motion,
muscular effort, or predicted discomfort. While DHM are currently still
largely stand-alone applications, future DHM will be dominated by fully
integrated CAE methods, realistic 3D design, and musculoskeletal and soft
tissue modelling all the way down to the micro-scale molecular processes
within single muscle fibres. Important aspects of current DHM research
are functional analysis, model integration, and task simulation. Digital
(“virtual”; “analytic”) humanoids provide streamlined and efficient
support of product testing and verification, allowing for task-dependent
performance and motion simulation. Beyond rigid body mechanics, soft
tissue modeling will become a standard in future DHM. When addressing
advanced issues beyond anthropometry and biomechanics in a holistic
perspective, human mental modeling, behaviours, abilities, and skills
must be considered in DHM. Recent projects have proposed a more
comprehensive approach to human modelling by implementing perceptual,
cognitive, and performance models, representing human behaviour on a
non-physiologic level. Through integration of algorithms from the
artificial intelligence domain, the vision of a virtual human will become




  1. To increase and foster the awareness of ergonomics in the development of DHM technology.
  2. To identify and share research needs in the field of digital human
  3. To share data, algorithms, tools, and methods in the digital human
    modelling community.
  4. To inform ergonomists and the general public about DHM technologies, and
    to promote the relevance of ergonomics to stakeholders in domains
    relevant to digital human modeling and simulation, such as product
    design, interaction design, human-machine-interface (HMI) engineering,
    marketing, and management.
  5. To organize an annual DHM symposium as a marketplace for basic and
    applied DHM research, and to promote commercial DHM solutions and related
  6. To support the IEA Triennial Congress through delivery of a DHM thematic
    track of research presentations.



Currently, the TC has 480 members from all over the world, primarily Europe, North America and Asia.

The TC meets once a year, typically in connection with an ergonomics conference or a related activity.

The TC supports the annual symposium on digital human modeling, focusing on the latest research findings and industrial applications of Digital Human Models


Action Plan


Activities Description Responsible Milestones
Organize symposium at IEA 2018 congress Multi session symposium planning and review G. Paul
S. Wischniewski
According to congress program According to congress program
Organize and conduct annual symposium on Digital Human Modeling Exchange and publish state-of-the-art knowledge about digital human models (DHMs) T. Alexander
S. Wischniewski
C. Schlick
G. Paul
July 2017, Bonn, GER
DHM Interface Standardization Standard for Interface between different DHMs G. Paul Web2.0 exchange of ideas and specification of program plan continuous
Organize TC Meeting (in combination with DHM symposium 2017) Organize formal TC meeting for reporting, information exchange and definition of working plan G. Paul
S. Wischniewski
See DHM 2017 symposium website July 2017, Bonn, GER