Optimal Workspace Design
P.O. Box A
Scituate, MA 02055-0974
Ruth A. Maulucci
The objectives of this project are to implement and verify an optimal control model
of guided limb motion and to use this model to develop a software system for the
design of workspaces that are optimal for human performance and productivity. The
system will apply to normal, reduced-G, and zero-G environments and will facilitate
the layout of spacecraft interiors for operating instruments, recreation, and daily
living activities. The innovative features of this project are the model's realistic
representation of functional reaching and the application of optimal control software
to workspace design. The model will represent the dynamics for three-dimensional,
out-of-plane reaching for targets in multiple locations and under varying conditions
and will include plausible performance criteria. The software system for workspace
design will be developed as an interactive and parameterized structure and will produce
analytic and graphic results.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Applications: This software system could apply to the design
of vehicle interiors, instrument panels, man-machine interfaces, and factory layouts.
The system may also have application in the robotics field as a design tool and in
the rehabilitation field as an arm trajectory retraining device.