SYSTRA Demonstrates Santos for Cab Design

SYSTRA, a global engineering firm specializing in transportation such as urban rail systems, recently wrote about why they love using Santos® to optimize train cab designs. Their post includes an overview of Digital Human Modeling and features in-game video of predictive posturing.

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It is always fascinating to see how engineers use Santos Pro™ to design products using our predictive digital human model. How do you use Santos®? Let us know! We would love to feature your work so others can see the vast capabilities and cost savings our technology brings to human-centric product development.

FAQ Provides Detailed Answers to SantosHuman Questions

Using our predictive digital human modeling software is now even easier. Our FAQ page provides detailed guidance on Santos Lite® and Santos Pro®. We have assembled almost 90 of the most frequently asked questions about our company and products into a user-friendly online format. Plus, the page includes some of the most popular videos about Santos predictive human modeling software.

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Become a power user of Santos Lite and Santos Pro. Bookmark the FAQ page and our YouTube channel to learn more about leveraging the time and cost savings of predictive human-in-the-loop software from Santos.

Royal Enfield to Improve Motorcycles through Human-Centric Design

The world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer and producer of the longest-lived motorcycle design in history, Royal Enfield, a unit of Eicher Motors Ltd., is adding the use of SantosHuman Inc.’s predictive digital human models to their design processes.

“We started working with Royal Enfield in 2019, when the focus was on hand-operated switch gear,” said Steve Beck, CEO of SantosHuman Inc. “We are now helping them broaden the use of Santos Pro to include designing for a variety of critical motorcycle rider tasks.”

Santos Pro Motorcycle Switch“Our design and engineering teams are endeavoring to make Royal Enfield bikes the most human friendly motorcycles available and the most suitable for all our customers’ comfort and performance,” said Adrian Marshall, Computer-Aided Design Manager, Royal Enfield. “We also wanted to help provide the additional ability to reduce post-concept rider-centric design changes and provide additional confidence to project gate decisions using advanced simulation. That means we explore tools that enable designing for the rider from the ground up and bring human factors into the design process earlier.”

According to Beck, “Most of the design tools in any OEM’s toolkit focus on manufacturability.” As a result, current product development processes must rely on mature designs to gauge how well products meet operator requirements. The physical prototypes required for these types of evaluations are often not available until after production begins.

Royal Enfield serves one of the largest motorcycle markets in the world, which means their daily production numbers are staggering. Having the improved ability to identify and rectify any potential human-centric design issues well ahead of prototype and final production provides the opportunity to avoid late changes and save on overall development costs.

“Market acceptance issues can occur in any consumer product, and that information is useful to have sooner rather than later. Santos® Pro provides fast-forward market acceptance litmus tests that fit nicely within any stage of existing design processes,” said Beck.

“We were looking for software that was easy enough to use that it could be adopted quickly. We also sought a partner like SantosHuman Inc. with great support mechanisms and highly skilled support staff who can ensure the simulation projects run smoothly,” says Marshall.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to partner with Royal Enfield as they move their already popular motorcycle designs to the next level of competitive advantage,” said Beck.

For more information about using predictive human behavior models to evaluate designs, read this post on precision grasps.

University of Ottawa School of Human Kinetics Joins Santos University Program

The University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics is adding digital human modeling, using Santos technology, to the Physical Ergonomics course for the Winter 2021 semester. Because of their involvement in Canadian Armed Forces soldier performance research, the University of Ottawa has previously seen the capabilities of SantosHuman’s predictive human modeling software.

Dr. Allison Clouthier, uOttawa“Our students can now learn the basics of digital human modeling and gain hands-on experience with Santos software by analyzing occupational safety case studies,” said Dr. Allison Clouthier. “Experience with Santos will allow them to more fully understand ergonomic and biomechanical principles. The hands-on experience the students will gain using this state-of-the-art ergonomics technology will also be a valuable asset to those who choose to pursue careers in ergonomics or occupational biomechanics.”

Dr. Clouthier noted that the Physical Ergonomics class asks students to apply biomechanical principles to evaluate occupational performance and teaches them how to assess workplace injury risk. Gaining an understanding of musculoskeletal system function enables them to interpret and analyze occupational biomechanical data. Through case studies and projects, students gain practical experience in applying ergonomic tools to assess the risk of occupational tasks and recommend strategies to mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal injury.

Steve Beck, CEO with SantosHuman Inc., anticipates that the ergonomics students will achieve a better understanding of the musculoskeletal system by using Santos technologies.

“We are excited to have the University of Ottawa incorporate Santos into their courses after seeing its capabilities in the soldier performance research,” Beck said. “Their students will benefit tremendously from the hands-on experience with our predictive human modeling software.”


U of Ottawa, U of Waterloo & SantosHuman Receive Additional $847K to Enhance Soldier Performance

SantosHuman Inc. with research partners from the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo received an additional $846,863 (Canadian) in funding to continue their work toward optimizing Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) soldier performance. The one-year phase 1b funding will produce a beta version of the CANadian virtual Soldier Performance Prediction and Optimization Tool (CAN-SPPOT), which will provide data to help minimize soldier injuries that can be caused by personal, operational, equipment and environmental factors.

CANSPPOTT virtual soldierThis phase of research continues the CAN-SPPOT proof of concept work begun in 2019 with a $200,000 contract from the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The initial phase integrated common CAF equipment and armor configurations into the Santos Pro® platform. In addition, artificial intelligence-based algorithms have enabled Santos predictive models to generate soldier-specific motion profiles under different equipment configurations.

“CAN-SPPOT will be an exciting new virtual soldier platform that unites SantosHuman Inc’s cutting-edge human-in-the-loop simulation with our leading research and development in the application of artificial intelligence. It will provide an unrivaled ability to predict unique soldier-specific movement and performance outcomes,” said lead investigator Ryan Graham from the University of Ottawa. “Blending leading AI and biomechanics research with SantosHuman Inc’s state-of-the-art predictive model ensures that CAN-SPPOT will directly and effectively address pressing human-systems-integration challenges for the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The goal of the beta version of CAN-SPPOT is to enable CAF and DND users to evaluate detailed digital avatars that match the shape, sizes and look of CAF soldiers. They will be able to perform trade-off analyses of numerous factors, such as the role of fatigue and other risk factors and their influences on posture, movement and overall performance.

“SantosHuman could not be more honored and excited to be part of the research team and this proactive effort to help the Canadian Armed Forces protect their soldiers from injury,” said Steve Beck, CEO of SantosHuman Inc.

DND launched the IDEaS program in 2018 as part of Canada’s defense policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged. IDEaS fosters open innovation to provide creative thinkers with the structure and support to encourage solutions, which will assist in solving some of Canada’s toughest defense and security challenges. The goal of IDEaS is to identify innovative solutions to key challenges facing the CAF, including technology to improve the prediction and optimization of personnel performance.


Applied Ergonomics to Publish University of Waterloo Research

Congratulations to the University of Waterloo, whose paper has been accepted for publication in Applied Ergonomics: Human Factors in Technology and Society, a leading journal on ergonomics and human factors in systems design. The paper, “Improving human-in-the-loop simulation to optimize soldier-systems integration,” addresses important issues of soldier survivability, vulnerability and overall operational performance.

The University of Waterloo’s Dr. Steven L. Fischer assembled a kinesiology and biomechanics research team to explore and understand the needs of the military for digital human modeling tools, including those developed by SantosHuman Inc.

Justin Bryce Davidson U Waterloo

Justin Bryce Davidson, University of Waterloo

Kinesiology Master’s candidate Justin Davidson, BSc, CSCS, said, “The paper is based on our scoping review and key informant interviews from Phase 1a of IDEaS, an initiative and grant program to enhance soldier performance.”

Read the paper here and watch for it to appear in the January 2021 issue of Applied Ergonomics.

Learn more about the IDEaS partnership between SantosHuman, the University of Waterloo and the University of Ottawa. 


Universidade Federal de São Carlos New Partner in Ergonomic Education

Brazil’s Universidade Federal de São Carlos (USFCar) is the latest industrial engineering program to employ Santos digital human modeling software in its hands-on ergonomics education and research endeavors. Through the Santos University Program, future industrial engineers can leverage the powerful human behavior simulation capabilities of Santos Pro to explore the design of new personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also use it for courses in ergonomics, product design and work design and to pursue research on working conditions that include collaboration with robots.

UFSCar ergonomics classroom “We are looking forward to working with Santos Pro to enable the potential of human simulation in ergonomics analysis and design, both in our research efforts and educational activities,” said Dr. Daniel Braatz, Professor of Engineering. “Santos is a powerful toolset for working on ergonomics and understanding human performance. Unlike other digital human modeling software, Santos is user friendly and employs novel approaches to human simulation. It should work well for our current work on healthcare PPE.”

Steve Beck, CEO with SantosHuman Inc., looks forward to seeing what USFCar will be able to accomplish on relevant, real-life issues like PPE and the incorporation of the software development kit into game engines and other systems simulation software.

“Every institution in the Santos University Program brings something different to the table, and USFCar’s happens to be COVID-19 related,” Beck said. “Santos Pro can help them research and develop improvements and innovations in protective healthcare equipment.”

Students in the 6th ranked industrial engineering program in Brazil are excited, too. Esdras Paravizo is the first graduate student and Brazilian to receive the UK Smith Student Award from the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association for his paper on industrial workplace ergonomics.

“As a student, it’s always exciting to have the opportunity to learn new tools that can help us to put into practice the concepts and theories we learn in classes,” said Paravizo. “With Santos, we can set ourselves apart in the job market in terms of the toolset we’ll have when we graduate.”


The Santos University Program partners with institutes of higher education to provide its products for non-commercial, educational, and/or research purposes. The partnerships in Europe and North and South America now include Nipissing University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of California-Berkeley, Oregon State University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Lakehead University, University of Illinois at Chicago and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.

Submit Design Problems to

When was the last time you received something of value for free? You can now submit your human-centric design challenges to a new website, If we select your project, the Santos Solutions team will provide you with a free demonstration showing a Santos technologies solution.

“Every month or so, our team dreams up human-centric design challenges to see if we can solve them using the capabilities currently in Santos Pro,” says Steve Beck, CEO of SantosHuman, Inc. “We do this to stress test our capabilities and look for ways of strengthening our abilities and skills. We’ve been doing this for many years, and now we’d like these design problems to come directly from you. Every month or so, we’ll review the submissions and provide a free demo of the most interesting one showing Santos Pro solving the issue.”

Some past design challenges for the Santos Solutions team have included:

If you have a human-centric project you’d like us to consider using, go to, complete the simple form, and click SEND. If we select yours, we’ll provide you with a presentation showing a Santos solution. For free.

University of Illinois at Chicago Brings Santos Technology into Ergonomics Research

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has adopted Santos digital human modeling software to support research on ergonomics and safety. By partnering with the Santos University Program, UIC students and faculty can use Santos technology in their research and classrooms.

“It’s an honor to welcome another renowned engineering college program into the Santos University Program,” said Steve Beck, CEO with SantosHuman Inc. “We look forward to seeing their students and faculty leverage the power of Santos Technology into their ergonomics and safety research and curriculum.”

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Learn more about UIC’s Human-in-Mind Engineering Research ( and its Dream Lab (

“We’re training students on the Santos software so they can conduct independent research related to ergonomics,” said Quintin L. Williams, Jr., Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UIC. “Santos will also be part of Advanced Occupational Safety Ergonomics modules and my research on optimizing surgical tool development to prevent fatigue and injury.”

UIC engineering students are already excited about the array of tools and features Santos offers for recreating real-life situations and analyzing key performance indicators. They are finding complex

“Santos is by far the best example of a true simulation of the human in a virtual environment,” said Dr. Williams. “The Santos University Program is a cost-effective opportunity to create manufacturing and medical workplace evaluations for our research.”

UIC joins other universities from around the world in the Santos University Program, which partners with institutes of higher education to provide its products for non-commercial, educational, and/or research purposes. The most recent partnerships in Europe and North and South America now include Nipissing University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of California-Berkeley, Oregon State University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Lakehead University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Learn more about UIC’s Human-in-Mind Engineering Research Lab and its Dream Lab.

Texas A&M to Use Santos Technology for Seat Design & Fall Prevention Research

The new Industrial Engineering program at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) will utilize Santos digital human modeling software in their growing programs for Human Factors and Digital Human Modeling. The powerful human behavior simulation capabilities of Santos Pro will support the university’s research into fall prevention for the elderly and seat design in autonomous vehicles. They will also incorporate Santos into ergonomics courses through the Santos University Program.

Texas A&M Engineering“We are excited to launch our graduate program in engineering with Santos as part of the framework for efficient research activities,” said Bruce Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering at TAMUCC. “Santos provides access to the only comprehensive approach to predicting human performance at a level of fidelity that is required for truly human-centric virtual design processes. These incredible capabilities will greatly benefit our research.”

Dr. Lee and the TAMUCC research group plan to use Santos technologies to pursue vehicle seat design recommendations for autonomous vehicles. Their other research initiative involves providing assistive technology and fall prevention measures to the aging population.

“Santos technologies allow us to analyze and predict human motions and postures for ergonomic purposes,” said Dr. Lee. “We will be able to build a robust research platform for our study of both autonomous vehicles and gerontology. ”

Steve Beck, CEO with SantosHuman Inc., is excited to welcome TAMUCC the list of Santos University Partners.

“It’s an honor to welcome another outstanding university in the U.S. to the Santos University Program,” Beck said. “We look forward to seeing what their faculty and students can achieve in their research of human-centric design for the elderly and the growing field of smart vehicles.”

The Santos University Program partners with institutes of higher education to provide its products for non-commercial, educational, and/or research purposes. The most recent partnerships in Europe and North and South America now include Nipissing University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of California-Berkeley, Oregon State University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the University of Waterloo, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Lakehead University.