Bob Fox has over 30 years of experience in the field of ergonomics, human factors and physical anthropology. He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University and has worked in General Motors North American and global ergonomics activities since late 1993. He chairs the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for anthropometry and biomechanics and participates on various work groups for ANSI and ISO standards and technical reports on ergonomics. He also chairs the Technical Standards Division of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, which involves coordination and oversight of most human factors and ergonomics standards development in the USA and is on the ASTM F48.02 subcommittee on human factors and ergonomics for exoskeletons and exosuits.
Moderator: Kermit Davis - U. of Cincinnati
Dr. Sudhakar Rajulu is serving as Technical Manager for the Anthropometry and Biomechanics Facility within the Biomedical Research and Environmental Sciences Division of the NASA-Johnson Space Center. His research is focused on establishing and ensuring that all space hardware and tools are designed to fit, accommodate, and enable all crewmembers, and to that extent has developed and continues to develop novel techniques, methods, tools, and processes to derive necessary human physical performance related requirements and considerations. His areas of expertise include: occupational biomechanical assessment of human physical performance in reduced and earth gravity environments which include: hand strength capabilities, pressurized suit and glove performance, whole body mobility capabilities, three-dimensional surface anthropometry related to crew-space hardware design and evaluation, and digital human modeling, Dr. Rajulu serves on the Scientific Board for IEA sponsored International Human Digital Modeling as well as on the Program Board for the HCI sponsored International Digital Human Modeling Committee. He also serves on the International Ergonomics Journal review board.
Exoskeleton Developer Discussion Panel
Overview: Exo Squad, Elysium, Edge of Tomorrow, Aliens, and Iron Man. What visions of grandeur are mentally conjured when we think of what Hollywood has imagined our future to be? But how much of science fiction can become science fact? And how will we do that safely, reliably, and effectively for the people that intend to use these exoskeletons and exosuits? This developer discussion panel will allow us to tap into the visions that current manufacturers are pursuing while also allowing the audience and developers themselves, an opportunity to discuss processes, technology, or human research helps needed.
Moderator: Chris Reid, The Boeing Company
Ben Wolff, Sarcos – industrial/military
Marty Linn, GM/Bioservo – industrial
Ignacio Galiana, Harvard Wyss Institute – military/medical/industrial
Brandon Frees, Ekso Bionics, medical/industrial
Research Methods 2 – Assessing System Usability
Overview: It is important to understand how a person would interface and integrate both physically and cognitively with an exoskeleton and exosuit system. Ideal system usability and user experience can lead improved outcomes such as performance gains or conversely, lead to safety, discomfort, or confusion in utilization. This is an interactive audience discussion panel with researchers that have been looking into how these devices interact with people and the positive and/or negative outcomes that are starting to be seen from exoskeleton/exosuit usage.
Moderator: Carisa Harris-Adamson, UC-Berkley/SF
Kevin Purcell, U.S. Army Public Health Center – military/ASTM F48.02 usability lead
Kadon Kyte, The Boeing Company – industrial aerospace manufacturing
Alix Dorfman, Underwriters Lab (UL), Wiklund – FDA exoskeleton device reviews
Social/Coffee Break (sponsored by Northern Illinois University – College of Engineering & Engineering Technology)
Research Methods 3 – Assessing Safety
Overview: It is important to understand acute implications of wearing and using exoskeletons and exosuits. This session is an interactive audience discussion panel that examines the physical, physiological, hygienic, biomechanical, and/or usage effects with respect to safety concerns.
Moderator: Brian Lowe, NIOSH
FDA representative for FDA exoskeleton medical device reviews
Roger Bostelman, NIST – military/industrial
Angela Boynton, U.S. Army Research Laboratory – military
Research Methods 4 – Assessing Ergonomics
Overview: It is important to understand any longitudinal implications of wearing and using exoskeletons and exosuits. This task examines the physiological and biomechanical effects to estimate potential concerns that could occur over time. SMEs and audience members will have the opportunity to discuss about exoskeleton/exosuit human research looking into ergonomic areas such as musculoskeletal or physiological concerns and/or performance gains.
Moderator: Cathy White, Dow Chemical
Marty Smets, Ford Motor Company – industrial auto manufacturing
Maury Nussbaum, Virginia Tech – industrial
Karen Nolan, Kessler Foundation – medical
Closing Discussion Panel
Overview: Conferences and symposiums typically close with the event chairs giving a summary of the activities and findings from the occasion. This time we are doing things a bit different by allowing summaries to come from the perspectives of exoskeleton and exosuit SMEs themselves…each with different application, industry, or expert perspectives. This Closing Discussion Panel will allow for audience interaction with experts from workers compensation, the United States Department of Defense, medical exoskeleton device researchers, and industry standards experts to help shape near term and far term next steps in exoskeleton and exosuit development.
Moderator: Cindy Whitehead, U.S. Navy – Naval Sea System Command
Delia Treaster, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation – industrial/workers compensation
Bindu Nair, U.S. Department of Defense Basic Research Office – military exoskeleton program (cross-agency)
Gerard Francisco, TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital – medical
Don Peterson, Northern Illinois U./ASTM 48 - standards
Adjournment – Chris Reid, The Boeing Company: Publication of conference presentations & discussion (NIOSH publication); Human Factors Journal for Q1-2019; HFES talks on exos, next meetings on Exos.
HFES Opening Gala Reception