Research Labs

The Physical Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab

0049 Black

Faculty: Gary Mirka

The Physical Ergonomics and Biomechanics Lab (ErgoLab) conducts basic research in the areas of spine biomechanics and upper extremity biomechanics with a focus on understanding the underlying etiology of workplace injuries. The applied work conducted in this laboratory is focused on ergonomic intervention effectiveness. This involves the engineering design, fabrication, lab-testing and field testing of ergonomic solutions for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the working population. The group employs various biomechanical techniques such as video monitoring, bioelectric signals acquisition and analysis, and kinematic data to explore the relation between task performance and stresses on the human body.

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0066 Black

Faculty: Richard T. Stone

The ATHENA Lab conducts research related to cognitive and physiological engineering for augmenting human performance and understanding human capabilities. Equipment includes biomedical and neurological sensors (EKG, EMG, EEG, HRV, etc.), goniometry, force and moment sensors, and dynamometers. The research employs classical and experimental ergonomics, augmented reality, and the incorporation and application of cutting edge technologies. Some research thrusts include the development of design methodologies for AR and multisensory devices, telerobotics control system development, the application of biomechanics for improved sports performance, the development of visualization tools for improving battle space awareness, tele-robotic systems and decision support systems, and the exoskeletons for military, law enforcement, and civil training.

Adaptive Cognitive Systems Adaptive Cognitive Systems Laboratory

0068 Black

Faculty: Michael Dorneich

The Adaptive Cognitive Systems Laboratory (ACSL) focuses on cognitive engineering research issues in the design of joint human-technology systems that adapt to the user, the environment, and the current situation. The goal is to develop design principals and practical guidelines to foster the development of collaborative systems that support human activity in complex domains. Application areas include adaptive automation and adaptive interfaces, human-robotic interaction, interactive learning environments, and decision-support systems.<

Operations Research and Production Systems Research Operations Research and Production Systems Research Group

Faculty: Jo Min, Sarah Ryan, Sigurdur Olafsson, Lizhi Wang, Guiping Hu

The Operations Research and Production Systems (ORPS) Research Lab conducts research on theoretical and practical aspects of production planning, scheduling, inventory control, supply chains, and sustainable production systems utilizing various operations research methodologies such as optimization, simulation, and stochastic processes.

Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design (iMED) Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design (iMED) Laboratory

0086 Black

Faculty: Iris Rivero

The Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design (iMED) Laboratory specializes in research intended to devise efficient bulk fabrication techniques of novel material systems. Fabrication capabilities in the laboratory include electrospinning, ball mill grinding, cryomilling, and compression molding. While characterization capabilities include microscopy, thermal analysis, fatigue testing, and spectroscopy.

Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory

1117 Black

Faculty: Matt Frank, Frank Peters

The Rapid Manufacturing and Prototyping Laboratory (RMPL) contains various Rapid Prototyping, Reverse Engineering and Computer Controlled manufacturing processes including two Fused Deposition Modelers, a 3-Dimensional Printer, two Laser Scanners, a 3-Axis CNC milling machine, and a 4-axis CNC milling machine.

Wind Energy Manufacturing Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory

1117 Black

Faculty: Frank Peters, John Jackman, Matt Frank

The Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory is a high-bay laboratory space dedicated to advancing the manufacturing processes for utility scale wind turbines. Research in the lab focuses on developing methods for cost-effective manufacturing methods, including advanced manufacturing processes, automation technologies, metrology and non-destructive evaluation (NDE).

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management

Systems Engineering and Engineering Management researchers analyze complex problems from a systems-level view to inform decision makers. These multi-disciplinary fields incorporate methodologies and tools from across engineering and business, model human behavior within complex systems, and emphasize interpersonal, leadership, and financial skills crucial for managers.

Center for e-Design Center for e-Design

2624 Howe Hall

The Center for e-Design is a joint research coalition comprised of seven universities working closely with numerous businesses and government organizations to create new design paradigms and electronic design tools that will assist in generating high quality products and systems at a reduced cost while also reducing the time associated with designing complex engineered products and systems.

 woman assembling a wing in augmented reality Virtual Reality Applications Center

Faculty: Michael Dorneich, Stephen Gilbert

The Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) is an interdisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of humans and technology, aimed broadly at enhancing the productivity and creativity of people. The VRAC’s world-class research infrastructure supports the research of faculty and students representing all seven of ISU’s colleges, as well as the interests of collaborators from several federal agencies and numerous industry partners.