Research Topics

  • Armor and soldier performance
  • Clothing modeling
  • Dynamic strength and failure
  • Gait
  • Human performance
  • Immersive virtual reality
  • Intuitive interfaces
  • Motion capture
  • Musculoskeletal modeling
  • Physiology
  • Posture and motion prediction
  • Predictive dynamics
  • Spine modeling
  • Standard ergonomic assessments
  • Whole-body vibration
  • Zone differentiation

The Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR) conducts basic and applied research and development in the field of human modeling and simulation. Our research is aimed at creating interactive, intelligent, and predictive human models that operate in virtual, physics-based environments, including Santos, a physics-based human simulator that is used by the US military and industry partners. 


 

Director

Portrait of Karim Abdel-Malek

Karim Abdel-Malek, PhD

Title/Position
Director, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Virtual Soldier Research Program;
Professor, Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering
Karim Abdel-Malek is professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. He holds appointments in Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences and serves as director of the University of Iowa Technology Institute. He also founded and directs the Virtual Soldier Research Program.

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News

Lifting weights

Partnership Spotlight: Titus Human Performance

A relationship forged between University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) and Titus Human Performance at the 2019 Defense Strategies Institute’s Human Performance & Biosystems Summit in Washington D.C. quickly evolved into a productive public-private partnership leveraging each other’s capabilities to tackle projects neither could alone.
Sonalysts ITI

Iowa Technology Institute, Sonalysts partner to improve soldier performance

Sonalysts, Inc. is teamed with University of Iowa Technology Institute on an Army Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Contract to Address “Physical Monitoring Techniques to Improve Warfighter Performance.”  

Keeping people safer with Iowa technology

Technology born out of military-funded research in the University of Iowa’s Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR) soon may be used in schools, hospitals, stores, and other places to improve safety.
Sophia ladder climb

Full recap: Leveraging Virtual Tech To Meet Nation's Needs

The need for better-fitting body armor and PPE not just for soldiers, but for women and smaller-stature men in a variety of dangerous fields was the focus of the first annual Iowa Virtual Human Summit.
Sophia ladder climb

Iowa Technology Institute convenes modeling and simulation leaders for 1st annual Iowa Virtual Human Summit

Virtual event on Aug. 12 to examine how a ‘digital twin’ can reduce injuries through better designed female body armor.
GruntSim

Report: ITI, Santos aid U.S. Army efforts to predict soldier performance

The University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) and its physics-based virtual human model Santos are integral to a new initiative to harness modeling and simulation technology to better predict and analyze soldier performance, according to an article published by the U.S. Army this month.
Karim Abdel-Malek

Karim Abdel-Malek

Director, Virtual Soldier Research Program

Director, Iowa Technology Institute

Professor of biomedical, mechanical, and industrial engineering and applied mathematical and computational sciences

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  karim-abdel-malek@uiowa.edu