Inclusive Mobility Research Lab

Ergonomics research in human movement, mobility, and inclusive design

Research Areas

The Inclusive Mobility Research Lab conducts human factors and ergonomics research into empirically-based frameworks and models for quantifying variability in human physical abilities (functioning) and its effects on system performance in occupation and mobility-related domains. Key areas of research foci include engineering anthropometry, functional biomechanics, human movement analysis, and digital human modeling for simulation and analysis at the individual and systems level.

Our research integrates basic tenets of ergonomics and inclusive design. Ergonomics stresses system performance and worker well-being from variability in work demands. Inclusive design emphasizes strategies for accommodating the full spectrum of human functional variability, particularly users that are most vulnerable to exclusion from deficient engineering design. This includes individuals that have disabilities, are older, or with special needs.

Application domains include environments that need to accommodate diverse users such as occupational and manufacturing settings, patient-care, and public and demand-response transportation.

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Announcements: We're in hiring!

We are interested in recruiting a PhD student (incl. financial support) with a research interest in one of the following areas:

  1. human factors challenges in mobility and transportation facing persons with disabilities
  2. develop and evaluate of new ergonomics design tools with design practioners
Interested applicants may contact Prof. Clive D'Souza directly by email along with a CV.


Fall 2016: Hiring software programmers!

We are looking to hire students (hourly temps, masters or undergrad) with software programming expertise in, either:
  1. C++ and OpenGL in MS Visual Studio, or
  2. web-applications using PHP, MySQL and Javascript.
Please contact Prof. Clive D'Souza directly by email along with a CV/resume and programming/project portfolio.

We have various other research opportunities in the lab and are looking to hire PhD, Masters and Undergraduate students. Click below to learn more or email Dr. Clive D'Souza directly for information.

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Latest Updates

May 2017: We welcome new students joining our research group this summer: Aravind Bharathy Mohan, Yuhao Chen, Yue Luo, Ori Lindner, Megan Wenzke, Nick Sandhu, Dylan Plummer, Monequa Williams, Mia Aavik, Allison Winnik and Ayano Nakamura!

May 2017: Congrutulations to Phd students Sol Lim and Justin Haney for having passed their PhD prelim exams and advancing to candidacy!

May 2017: One our lab members, Mia Caminita, graduated with her Masters in IOE this semester. Mia will begin her PhD studies this fall at the University of Maryland, College Park. Mia, congratulations and we wish you continued success!

May 2017: Two members of our lab graduated with their Bachelors degree this semester and will be moving on to new jobs. Congratulations Mary Owczarczak! Congratulations Kellen Bixler!

May 2017: A paper by Phd student Sol Lim* titled “Statistical Prediction of Hand Force Exertion Levels in a Simulated Push Task using Posture Kinematics“ has been accepted to the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting at Austin, TX.

May 2017: A paper by PhD student Justin Haney* titled “Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Sequential Precision Reach Movements“ has been accepted to the 2017 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting at Austin, TX.

March 2017: A poster by Sol Lim* titled “Preliminary Investigation of External Load Prediction in Manual Material Handling“ received the COHSE Director’s Award at the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) Research Symposium. Congratulations Sol!

March 2017: Our research group had a strong showing at the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) Research Symposium held at the SPH with four posters presented, led by students: Sol Lim*, and Justin Haney*.

December 2016: Our research group had a strong showing at the U-M Center for Ergonomics Get-together Event with two posters presented by Phd students Sol Lim* and Justin Haney*.

September 2016: A poster by undergraduate students Joelle Grider* and Josefina Moni* titled “Human Factors Analysis of Transit Dwell Time Performance” was presented at the Safe Transportation and Aging (ATLAS) symposium.

August 2016: A paper by Phd student Justin Haney* titled “A Pilot Study of the Effects of Pulley Location and Design Parameters on Hand Movements during Pulley Threading Operations” was presented at the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting in Washington DC.

August 2016: A paper by Sol Lim*, Andrea Case*, and Clive D’Souza titled “Comparative Analysis of Inertial Sensor to Optical Motion Capture System Performance in Push-Pull Exertion Postures” was presented at the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting, Washington DC.

July 2016: A poster by Raissa Barros de Carvalho* and Clive D’Souza titled ”An interview-based study of cycle training in children with cognitive impairment” was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA), Washington DC.

June 2016: An abstract by Sol Lim*, Andrea Case*, and Clive D’Souza titled “Comparing Postural Responses to Push and Pull Task Demands using Optical Motion vs. Inertial Measurement” was presented at the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Toronto, Canada.

April 2016: A poster by Joelle Grider*, Josefina Moni*, Clive D’Souza, and Lidia Kostyniuk titled “Human Factors Analysis of Transit Dwell Time Performance” was presented at the 2016 UROP Research Symposium.

April 2016: Three IMLab members graduated with their Bachelors degree this semester: Congratulations Andrea Case, Aneesha Reddy and Yuanxin Zheng!

March 2016: A poster by IOE Senior Andrea Case* (and co-authored by Sol Lim) titled "Accuracy and Precision of Inertial Sensors in Ergonomic Evaluations of Static vs. Dynamic Work Postures" was awarded People's Choice Award at the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) Research Symposium. Congratulations Andrea!

March 2016: Our research group had a strong showing at the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) Research Symposium held at the SPH with four posters presented, led by students: Sol Lim*, Justin Haney*, Mary Owczarczak*, and Andrea Case*.

February 2016: A paper by Sol Lim* titled "Comparing Postural Responses to Push and Pull Task Demands using Optical Motion vs. Inertial Measurement" has been accepted to the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Toronto, Canada.

August 2015: Visiting students Matheus Alves DeSouza and Ocilio Terto De Lago will be returning to Brazil this week. Matheus and Ocilio - it was our pleasure hosting you. Safe travels and best wishes!

August 2015: IOE freshman Angjela Keci* will be presenting a poster titled "Validating Inertial Sensors for Ergonomics Posture Assessment" at the 2015 UROP Summer Symposium.

July 2015: A research proposal by Sol Lim* and Clive D'Souza titled "Inertial Sensor-based Postural Demand Profiels for Cumulative Physical Workload Estimation" was selected for funding under the 2015-16 NIOSH Pilot Project Research Training Program by the U-M Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering.

May 2015: Matheus Alves DeSouza and Ocilio Terto De Lago are visiting students from Brazil and will be working with us this summer. Welcome Matheus and Ocilio!

April 2015: Student researchers Sol Lim and Gabriela Diaz have graduated with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. Sol will continue working with us as a PhD student in IOE. Gaby will start work with TRW in Michigan. Congrats Sol! Congrats Gaby!

April 2015: Undergrad UROP student Christopher Hudson* will be presenting a poster titled "Movement Analysis and Maneuvering of Wheeled Mobility Devices in Constrained Spaces" at the 2015 UROP Research Symposium.

April 2015: Undergrad UROP students Duncan Macleod* and Rebekah Menchak* will be presenting a poster titled "Video-based Task Analysis Method to Assess Transit System Performance" at the 2015 UROP Research Symposium.

March 2015: A paper by Gopinath Jayaprash*, Gabriella Willis* and Clive D'Souza titled "Human Factors Perspectives on Models of Transit Dwell-Time Variability" has been accepted to the 14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED).

February 2015: A paper by Gopinath Jayaprash* and Clive D'Souza titled "Task Analytic Study of Variability in Wheeled Mobility Ingress on Low-Floor Buses" has been accepted to the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA).

January 2015: A book chapter by Drs. David Feathers, Clive D'Souza and Victor Paquet titled "Anthropometry for Ergonomic Design" was published in the book Evaluation of Human Work, Fourth Edition, J. R. Wilson and S. Sharples (Eds.), CRC Press.

* student authors