A sneak preview of the Digital Human Environment SANTOS at the SAE conference

Virtual Soldier Research vsr at ccad.uiowa.edu
Sat Jun 5 11:32:31 PDT 2004

A sneak preview of the Digital Human Environment SANTOS at the SAE conference

Form Immediate Release

Iowa City, IA--June 4, 2004: The Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) program at 
the University of Iowa announced today that members of the team will be 
providing a sneak preview of the Santos digital human environment during 
the annual meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Digital 
Human Modeling Conference in Oakland, MI, June 14-16, 2004.   Santos has 
deformable skin, contracting muscles, is anatomically correct and lives in 
a real-time interactive immersive virtual reality environment.  The 
environment will be used for design, manufacturing, sports, training, 
maintenance, and communication of industry and military products.  A date 
for releasing Santos has not been specified.   For more information about 
Santos please visit the following web site:


About VSR
VSR is an independent research group within the Center for Computer Aided 
Design at The University of Iowa.  Funded primarily by the US Army TACOM, 
VSR conducts basic and applied research for creating new technologies 
dealing with digital human modeling and simulation.  Researchers (faculty, 
staff, scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, and graduate students) 
from various fields that include engineering, gaming, psychology, 
biomechanics, human factors, computers, optimization, and industrial design 
have come together to create this new technology.  The objective is to 
create human-like life on the computer, virtual humans/soldiers that can 
walk, behave, and talk like we do, yet are able to answer questions in the 
virtual world autonomously.  Rather than building a vehicle, a tank, or a 
weapon system, we allow the virtual soldier to experience the product in 
the virtual world, thus providing feedback without building a prototype.

Virtual Soldier Research (VSR) Program
Center for Computer Aided Design
Iowa City, IA. 52242
Tel: (319) 335-5722
Fax: (319) 384-0542
vsr at ccad.uiowa.edu

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