Thus, development methodologies based on a consideration of both represent a promising approach. While technical aspects might be obvious, the identification and understanding of human factors is a challenging task that can be tackled by means of user and expert surveys for instance. Another issue to be analyzed based on this, is how resulting insights can be used with engineering design techniques to create human-machine-centered development frameworks.
Our research concerns the identification and modeling of human factors as well as design method development currently focusing on lower limb prosthetics. The necessary user and expert studies are performed and evaluated with experts from psychology and biomechanics. Our aim is to holistically understand and methodically consider the human factors in lower limb prosthetic design. Generally, we investigate the integration of technical systems within their users’ body schemata and the impact of human factors on engineering decisions.