Center for Human Modeling and Simulation

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version



Postprint version. Presented at SPIE Workshop on Modeling, Simulation, and Control Technologies for Manufacturing, September 1995, 9 pages.


We discuss how the combination of a realistic human figure with a high-level behavioral control interface allow the construction of detailed simulations of humans performing manual tasks from which inferences about human performance requirements can be made. The Jack human modeling environment facilitates the real-time simulation of humans performing sequences of tasks such as walking, lifting, reaching, and grasping in a complex simulated environment. Analysis capabilities include strength, reachability, and visibility; moreover results from these tests can affect an unfolding simulation.


human factors, computer graphics, virtual environments, virtual reality, simulation, human modeling, task modeling, human performance



Date Posted: 11 September 2007