Research Topics

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous systems 
  • Biomechanics
  • Cognitive
  • Computer vision
  • Data analytics
  • Driving simulation
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Human simulation
  • Human vibration research
  • Kinematics and dynamics
  • Motion capture
  • Physiology
  • Robotics
  • Sensors
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Tissue engineering

Research Labs and Centers

ATV Virtual Reality simulator

Director: Salam Rahmatalla, professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of biomedical engineering

Email: salam-rahmatalla@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-5657

Lab: 3D Bio-Motion Research Lab

Research topics: 

  • Biomechanics
  • Data analytics
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Human vibration research
  • Kinematics and dynamics
  • Motion capture
  • Structural health monitoring

Mariam El Hattib on lab equipment

Director: Edward Sander, associate professor of biomedical engineering

Phone: (319) 384-2862

Email: edward-sander@uiowa.edu

Lab: 3MT Laboratory

Research topics:

  • Computational biomechanics
  • Mechanical testing
  • Tissue engineering

Director: David Wilder, professor of occupational and environmental health

Email: david-wilder@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 384-0513

Learn more: David Wilder Research Group

Director: Jia Lu, professor of mechanical engineering

Email: jia-lu@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-6405

Learn more: Jia Lu Research Group

Santos with researcher

Director: Karim Abdel-Malek, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, professor of applied mathematical and computational sciences

Email: karim-abdel-malek@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-5676

Center: Virtual Soldier Research Program

Research topic: Human simulation

Researchers using the motion capture system

Director: Stephen Baek, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering

Email: stephen-baek@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 384-0810

Learn more: Visual Intelligence Laboratory

Research topics: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
    Data analytics
  • Human factors/ergonomics
  • Motion capture

Mission Area News

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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.”  
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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 Iowa Virtual Human Summit, hosted by the University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) on Aug. 12, 2020.

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