SHI Partners with U of Ottawa & U of Waterloo to Research a Canadian virtual Soldier Performance Prediction & Optimization Tool

In 2019, SantosHuman Inc. will engage in research with the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo to develop and validate a tool to predict and optimize performance and minimize injury risk to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) soldiers based on personal, operational, equipment and environmental factors. Phase I of the development of the CANadian virtual Soldier Performance Prediction and Optimization Tool (CAN- SPPOT) will be funded by a $200,000 (Canadian) contract from the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. SantosHuman will leverage the 10+ years of experience it has in predicting human physical behavior and performance.

SantosHuman digital human model“We are excited to be selected under the first call for proposals for the IDEaS program to help the CAF enhance soldier performance,” said Steve Beck, CEO of SantosHuman Inc. “Our virtual human models based on Santos technologies have made a difference for U.S. warfighters, and we consider it an honor to serve Canadian soldiers by predicting and optimizing their performance.”

CAF soldiers increasingly face unique physical, mental, and cognitive challenges, requiring them to carry more equipment and wear heavier armor. However, the weight and hindrance of increased equipment can become a liability to operational effectiveness—in some cases, overburdening soldiers to the point of causing injuries. Due to the lack of sufficient technology, DND has been limited in its ability to assess and evaluate trade-offs between different equipment and armor configurations, and likely operational outcomes regarding soldier burden, survivability, and performance. In 2018, DND launched the IDEaS program to identify innovative solutions to key challenges facing the CAF, including technology to improve the prediction and optimization of personnel performance.

Through the first IDEaS call for proposals, DND has selected for funding a new Canadian virtual Soldier Performance Prediction and Optimization Tool (CAN-SPPOT). Canadian researchers Ryan Graham (University of Ottawa) and Steve Fischer (University of Waterloo) lead a University-Industry partnership with SantosHuman Inc. to advance the state-of-the-art Santos Pro® platform to provide DND with an unprecedented ability to simulate warfighter performance based on specific individual and task-based characteristics. CAN-SPPOT will disrupt the status quo of conducting expensive and time- consuming field trials and best guesses to evaluate and optimize soldier-system fit, integration and performance, by using quick, cost-effective, trade-off analyses in a virtual environment.

“Understanding how to balance trade-offs between soldier personal characteristics, kit configuration, and operational effectiveness is a major challenge for our Canadian Armed Forces,” said lead investigator Ryan Graham, PhD. “IDEaS support, in partnership with Santos Human Inc., the industry leader in predicting physical human behavior and performance, will allow us to develop a game-changing decision-making tool to inform our military leaders about mission critical kit configuration and operational effectiveness questions.”

The research and development project will launch early in 2019, when the team will begin to integrate common CAF equipment and armor configurations into the Santos Pro® platform. The team will then embark on developing cutting-edge artificial intelligence- based algorithms, which enable Santos predictive models to generate soldier specific motion profiles under different kit configurations.

“Coupling physics-based biomechanical models with neural networks (artificial intelligence) will not only improve the realism of posture and motion prediction but will open the door to incorporating an individual’s nuanced tendencies and history and to linking biomechanical models with cognitive models,” say Dr. Tim Marler, SHI’s Chief Research Scientist. “It is exciting to be involved in an effort like this, which will advance the field of human modeling as well as help support today’s Warfighters.”

Link: Association of Canadian Ergonomists News and Events

SantosHuman Inc. is excited to announce that we will have a booth in the exhibitors’ hall at the Conference for the Association of Canadian Ergonomists on October 16-17 in Sudbury, Ontario. Stop by and let’s discuss how our predictive human-in-the-loop solutions can assist you in your efforts to make the world a safer place to work.

Link: Association of Canadian Ergonomists News and Events

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SantosHuman Inc. is proud to welcome Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR Atlantic) to its Santos Warfighter Program, which provides the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) with access to Santos technologies at a significant reduction in cost. This program exists in recognition that the DoD has provided over 60 percent of the more than $50 million in externally funded research in digital human modeling and simulation at the University of Iowa, which has continued from 2003 through today.

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Featured in the Corridor Business Journal

The Corridor Business Journal recently interviewed SantosHuman CEO Steve Beck. The resulting article provides a good explanation of the problems we solve for manufacturers. Read it to learn more:

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In July 2018, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Racing team will begin using the Santos® predictive human modeling capabilities from SantosHuman Inc. (SHI) to improve driver performance with the interface of its Formula SAE® racecar. Santos® technologies are provided to institutions of higher education and research in the USA through the Santos® University Program which provides free access to state-of-the-art digital human modeling software.

“The software provides the team with the ability to optimize driver performance virtually to avoid the trial and error approach typically used to address operator-centric elements in design,” said Steve Beck, President and CEO of SantosHuman Inc.

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Santos ® Lite Workshop at the KIN@50 Conference

The KIN@50 Conference, a kinesiology conference at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada is hosting a workshop on SantosHuman Inc’s predictive digital human modeling tool, Santos ® Lite. “Innovations in Ergonomics—an intro to digital human modeling using Santos”, has been developed, and will be led, by Prof. Steven Fischer, a Registered Kinesiologist and Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist. Workshop attendees will receive a coupon providing one year of access to Santos Lite.

Santos® University Program.

SantosHuman, Inc welcomes Nipissing University’s School of Physical and Health Education to the Santos® University Program. Dr. Aaron Kociolek, Assistant Professor in Biomechanics and Ergonomics, will utilize SantosHuman Inc. (SHI) software in his study of biomechanics and control of the hand. Kociolek is also excited to show students how digital human modeling and virtual reality can be used proactively in the initial design phase of a workplace.

“This proactive approach is a fundamental shift in how we do ergonomics, allowing us to optimize worker efficiency and minimize injury risk before a job actually exists,” – Dr. Aaron Kociolek

Featured in the University of Iowa News

The University of Iowa College of Engineering discusses the Santos® University Program in their most recent news article. The program provides US colleges and universities with free access to Santos® technologies for educational and non-commercial efforts.

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Brock University Becomes a SantosHuman Worker Safety Research Partner

The Santos Institute welcomes Brock University to the Santos University Program. The Santos University Program provides Brock University with an additional virtual human resource to enhance and expand the university’s high-fidelity workplace simulations.

“SantosHuman has emerged as a world leader in digital human modeling, and the power of this technology is an innovative step forward for the Ergonomics profession,” said Michael Holmes, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Brock University.

Click here to read more on the integration of Santos® technologies at Brock University.

Ariens Company to Use SantosHuman Software

SantosHuman Inc. is pleased to welcome Ariens Company, manufacturer of gas-powered snow and lawn equipment, to its growing list of global clients. Ariens is using SantosHuman’s first-of-its-kind predictive human simulation software to optimize the usability and safety of its equipment.