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New research projects targeting body shapes and “virtual aging”


Kaiserslautern, 04.08.2015 The Human Solutions Group has launched two new research projects in which the virtual simula-tion of human beings will be used to gain new knowledge about body shapes and age-related changes in the human body. 

“Research and development are an integral part of our corporate phi-losophy,” says Dr. Andreas Seidl, Executive Partner of Human Solu-tions GmbH. “We want to make our ergonomics expertise available for the industry in as many segments as possible – our ongoing contribu-tion to more and more products being tailored perfectly to the re-quirements of human beings.”

The iMorph project 

Individual characteristics of body shapes in humans (morphotypes) have a decisive effect on the size & fit of clothing and the economic success of apparel companies. Today, morphotypes can only be de-termined by experts through visual, individual evaluation – and these evaluations cannot be reproduced. No uniform classification scheme exists – we only have different approaches with varying evaluation criteria.

The aim of the project is to create automated morphological classifica-tion for individuals. These classifications will be integrated into the iSize international body data portal and used for case studies. This will expand the iSize analysis functions used for the development and optimization of sizetables and for determining appropriate sizes for individuals. The size & fit of garments, for example, can be evaluated in terms of body shape and taken into account for the standard size recommendation. These findings will make a meaningful contribution to economic and market-relevant collection design in the apparel in-dustry.

iMorph is a ZIM cooperation project with the Center for Management Research, German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research Denken-dorf (DITF-MR). The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

The Virtual Aging project 

Our bodies change with advancing age – and our abilities are reduced as a result. The objective of the “Virtual Aging” research project is to develop software that will simulate age-related ability changes and individual ability limitations. The software will later be used in the vir-tual planning of manual work processes, e.g. in the automotive indus-try, and in product design based on digital human models. Biome-chanical characteristics such as ranges of motion and speed will be addressed in the research project, together with sensory parameters like visual perception. The aim of the project participants is to build software solutions that go far beyond the capabilities of existing tools.

Virtual Aging is a collaborative effort of the Human Solutions GmbH, the imk automotive GmbH and the Chemnitz Technical University In-stitute for Industrial Engineering and Innovation Management. The project will be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, within the context of the ICT 2020. 

About the Human Solutions Group 

Successful products are customer-oriented and market-driven, so the route to final production must be constantly streamlined and made more cost-efficient. In develop-ment-intensive industries like Fashion and Mobility, product and sizing & fitting infor-mation is the key to success – and the cutting-edge technologies of the Human Solu-tions Group will put you on the path to perfect production.

  • Human Solutions GmbH 

Body dimension data and ergonomic simulation in CAD for ergonomic vehi-cle design and size & fit optimization in the apparel industry.

  • Assyst GmbH 

Integrated CAD and PLM solutions for efficient collection development in the world of fashion.

  • AVM Solutions GmbH 

ERP and integrated management systems for shorter lead times in fashion.

The Human Solutions Group has more than 200 employees and partners in 50 coun-tries. Its products are sold all over the world.

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