Friday, February 25, 2022

The Organizing Committee of the 7th International Digital Human Modeling Symposium (DHM 2022) is announcing important updates including two keynote presenters, expanded details on paper submission options and topics, and a new lower pricing structure for registration.

DHM 2022 is a hybrid event being hosted by the University of Iowa Technology Institute and arranged in collaboration with the International Ergonomics Association's Technical Committee on Digital Human Modeling and Simulation.

DHM 2022 is scheduled for Aug. 29-31, 2022 with both in-person and virtual options. The Iowa Virtual Human Summit (IVHS) will immediately follow DHM on Aug. 31, 2022. DHM focuses on innovation in academic research, while IVHS is focused on research application. The DHM homepage is at

Keynote Speakers

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Sébastien Lozé, Unreal Engine Business Director – Simulations, and Col. Kevin A. Bigelman, Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) Director at the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training.

Lozé has focused his career on learning about the latest simulation innovations as well as sharing his experiences about how experts have solved their challenges. If you are building virtual reality applications in order to train machines or train humans, he wants to hear from you.

Bigelman is a 1993 graduate of the United States Military Academy and was commissioned in the Field Artillery. He is leading the U.S. Army’s H2F approach that incorporates mental, nutritional, spiritual, fitness, and sleep components to soldier readiness.

Paper Submission Options

The Scientific Committee for DHM 2022 has refined topics into the following categories: Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Biomedicine, Wearables, Virtual Reality and DHM, Modeling and Simulation, Human Systems Engineering, Human Physical Modeling, DHM in Safety Applications, Human-Robot (Cobot) Coordination and Simulation. 

In addition, the following types of abstracts will be considered:

  • Full paper (6-9 pages): A standard academic research paper that describes high-quality, unpublished, original research work and results. Papers will be subject to double-blind peer review.
  • Short paper (2 pages): A short paper that describes work in progress or is more descriptive than scientific on topics of interest to the digital human modeling community.
  • Creative work: Work may include animations or artistic work related to digital humans, including human behavior and interactions in gaming applications.

The deadline for abstracts submissions is March 7, 2022. Find a full list of topic categories and subcategories and submission details at

DHM 2022 proceedings will be published open access online by University of Iowa Libraries at

Pricing update

DHM and IVHS were initially planned as hybrid events with the expectation that most guests would attend in person at the host community of the University of Iowa ­– Iowa City, Iowa, USA. However, the feedback has been overwhelming from domestic and international invitees that many will be attending virtually due to persisting concerns around COVID-19 as well as international tensions.

As such, we have pivoted to a smaller space on the University of Iowa campus, which has allowed us to drop the price considerably. In-person attendance is still encouraged for those interested. The new pricing structure is:

In-Person Pricing

Full Registration: $350
Student Registration: $150
Iowa Virtual Human Summit Only: $100

Virtual Pricing

Full Registration: $250
Student Registration: $50
Iowa Virtual Human Summit Only: $50

The in-person option includes continental breakfast and lunch buffets all three days, and dinner on the first two days. IVHS-only attendees will receive breakfast and lunch on the final day of the event. To register, go to