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gsloan89
05-16-2002, 04:08 AM
Greetings

As you probably know human factors is concerned with the fit between
ourselves and the built environment. A forensic human factors specialist may
be called upon when it is alleged than an injury or death was the result of a
failure to take human characteristics and limitations into account in the
design, operation, or maintenance of a product or setting.

I have been asked to write a chapter on the use of computer simulation in
forensic human factors. While I have developed dynamic mannequins for
modeling fall accidents, I am interested in broader issues. For example, what
are the limitations of rigid body models? What criteria exist for
establishing the validity of a simulation? What is the relationship between
number theory (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio) and simulation fidelity?
Any thoughts/experience concerning the admissibility of simulations?

I am interested in any books, articles, or examples that you believe are
relevant to the topic and have merit.

Thanks in advance

Gary Sloan, Ph.D.
G. David Sloan, Inc.
Olympia, WA
www.gdsloan.com

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