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Herman J. Woltring
12-21-1988, 10:18 PM
Dear Colleagues,

This is the last BIOMCH-L posting for 1988. I shall be on Season's holiday
until the beginning of next year. Again, best wishes.

Contents: (1) Dissertation abstract
(2) Biolocomotion conference 1988 in Italy
(3) 1st World Congress of Biomechanics 1990 in California
(4) Apple Macintosh fileserver at IRLEARN

Herman J. Woltring (BIOMCH-L list editor)

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(1) DISSERTATION ABSTRACT ON PHYSICAL WORK STRESS ANALYSIS.

AN University Microfilms Order Number ADG87-13817.
AU CHEN, JEN-GWO.
IN The University of Oklahoma Ph.D. 1987, 143 pages.
TI PROTOTYPE EXPERT SYSTEM FOR PHYSICAL WORK STRESS ANALYSIS (dBASE
III).
SO DAI V48(03), SecB, pp845.
DE Engineering, Industrial.
AB This research involves the development of an interactive
knowledge-based Ergonomics Analysis SYstem (EASY) for physical work
stress analysis. EASY was written in dBASE III and BASIC for IBM-PC
compatible microcomputers. The system consists of three major
components: the Physical Work Stress Index (PWSI) used by the
supervisor or ergonomist for further investigation of problem
situations, the Ergonomics Information Analysis System (EIAS) for
evaluation of tasks by the worker, and the Dynamic Lifting Analysis
System (DLAS) for manual material handling tasks.
The Physical Work Stress Index is an observational method of
physical work stress analysis which possesses the ease of
application of traditional work study techniques but provides better
accounting of human and task variables. The technique involves
activity sampling of various physical components of the work
including body location, base of support, orientation, hand
position, acceleration and thermal load. The PWSI is derived from
observational data and is classified into six different levels: very
low, low, moderate, high, very high and extremely high. The EIAS
includes four sections: case identification, problem description,
job description and operator-operation interaction. The last two
sections record quantitative data as opposed to the qualitative data
collected in the first two sections. The quantitative data consists
of a 5-point scale which describes the seriousness of each aspect of
the problem. The EIAS provides general guidelines to tell the user
how to avoid unnecessary problems and improve performance. The DLAS
includes three components: lifting capacity analysis, biomechanical
analysis and NIOSH guidelines analysis.
Extensive use of menus for database entry/editing and analysis
provides an efficient and friendly interface design. The system was
evaluated by comparing the results of EASY and individuals with an
introductory knowledge of ergonomics with experts' conclusions for
nine test jobs involving a variety of physical work stressors. The
evaluation indicated that 83% of EASY's diagnoses were accepted by
the experts with some variation between individual experts and
between EASY and the other diagnosticians.

[A dissertation abstract taken from the Dissertation Abstracts International
(DAI) database, and redistributed with the permission of University Microfilms
International, publishers of the DAI database. University Microfilms has
granted permission for electronic redistribution and for extracts and hard-
copies to be made of it, provided that this notice is included and provided
that the item is not sold.

Copies of the dissertation may be obtained by addressing your request to:

University Microfilms International
Dissertation Copies
Post Office Box 1764
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106, U.S.A.

or by telephoning (toll-free) 1-800-521-3042 (except for Michigan, Hawaii, and
Alaska). In Canada: 1-800-268-6090].

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(2) SYMPOSIUM ON BIOLOCOMOTION: A CENTURY OF RESEARCH USING MOVING PICTURES.

Scuola Nazionale di Atletica Leggera, Formia, Italy, April 14-17, 1989

In cooperation with: Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano - Scuola dello Sport
Fed. It. di Atletica Leggera, Centro Studio & Ricerche
Ist. Sup. dir Educazione Fisica di Roma

Under the Patronage of: International Society of Biomechanics
European Society of Biomechanics
International Scientific Film Association

Deadline for contributed abstracts: January 31, 1988

In addition to contributed papers, the following invited presentations will be
given:

M. Marchetti (Rome), Borelli and biolocomotion prior to photography
V. Tosi (A.I.C.S.), Historical data from Marey and Muybridge
P. Maquet (Aywaille/Belgium), Braune & Fischer's work on human walking
J.P. Clarys (Brussels), Origins of emg investigations
S. Bouisset (Paris), The scientific impact of Marey's work
H. Jansons (Riga), The most significant work from Bernstein
J.P. Paul (Glasgow), The contributions from the Berkeley team
A. Cappozzo (Rome) & N. Berme (Columbus), Optoelectronics, present and future
uses in biolocomotion
R. Brand (Iowa City), The contribution by moving picture techniques to ortho-
paedics
R. McN. Alexander (Leeds), Ats knowledge in animal locomotion
D. Carpitella (Rome), Ambulation and cultural identity in human gait

Further program details can be obtained from:

Lia Galliano (Secretariat), AICS - Via A. Borelli, 50
I - 00161 ROMA, Italy, Tel. INT+39(0)6.490820

Aurelio Cappozzo, Istituto di Fisiologia Umana
Universita degli Study "La Sapienza", I - 00185 ROMA, Italy
Tel. INT+39(0)6.490673

Necip Berme, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
206 West 18th Avenue, COLUMBUS, OH 43210, USA, Tel. INT+1.614.4220859

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(3) FIRST WORLD CONGRESS OF BIOMECHANICS (from J. of Biomechanics 1988/11)

University of California, San Diego, California/USA, 26-31 August, 1990.

The first World Congress of Biomechanics will be held at the University
of California, San Diego campus in La Jolla, California. This Congress
aims to bring together biomechanists working with experimental, clinical,
and/or theoretical methods in various fields such as: Blood rheology;
Cardiovascular mechanics; Cellular properties & motility; Dental mecha-
nics; Gait analysis; Microcirculation; Molecular mechanics; Muscle me-
chanics; Musculoskeletal mechanics; Orthopaedics; Soft tissue rheology;
Sports mechanics; Stress-growth interaction; Tissue engineering; Trauma
research.
The program will consist of invited plenary lectures, special symposia,
and contributed papers. Abstracts will be published in a bound volume
at the time of the meeting. All abstracts should be submitted to the
Secretary General by 1 January, 1990.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Geert W. Schmid-Schoenbein, Secretary General
The First World Congress of Biomechanics
AMES - Bioengineering M-005
University of California, San Diego
LA JOLLA, CA 92093, USA
Tel. INT+1.619.534-4272

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(4) FILESERVER FOR APPLE MACINTOSH PC's (from URC-Info, Nijmegen University/NL)

MACSERVE@IRLEARN is a fileserver currently containing about 1700 files for
Apple Macintosh PC's. There are 3 commands: HELP, DIR, and GET.

HELP provides summary information on these commands, DIR provides an index
of all available files, and GET allows retrieving individual files.

Commands can be send interactively as

VAX/VMS: SEND MACSERVE@IRLEARN DIR
IBM/VM: TELL MACSERVE AT IRLEARN DIR

and (presumably also) by electronic mail.

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