Purpose & Mission
Established in 2003, the Human Dimensioning Lab (HDL) is a research laboratory directed by Dr. Linsey Griffin. The HDL explores methods and technologies related to anthropometry by assessing human dimensions, form, posture, and the performance of wearable products. Anthropometry is the science of measuring the size and proportions of the human body, as applied to the design of products. It is the basis for engineering products for the body by establishing appropriate fit and product performance. Researchers in the HDL intersect the domains of engineering, design, apparel, medicine, and human factors to investigate the anthropometry of wearable products (e.g., medical devices, personal protective equipment, commercial products, aerospace/military garments, athletic equipment, etc.).
The HDL fills a critical void in wearable product engineering through the development of technology and tools for dynamic 3D and 4D scanning, which encourages more robust, data-driven designs for products. At the broadest level, the HDL conducts design process research to explore the systematic interactions between users, products, and environments. At the applied level, researchers advance wearable product innovation by investigating dynamic anthropometry and body-product relationships. This research produces comprehensive data and methods that address basic human factor needs. This multi-scale approach facilitates the development of human-centered products, rooted in need, and aimed at improving the safety and wellbeing of the users.