The Human Performance Institute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, is an interdisciplinary center devoted to applied research, consultation, training, and the development of a resource and information database in the areas of ergonomics, work analysis and design, human capabilities in the workplace, job safety, and product design. The Human Performance Institute includes three laboratories.
The Biomehcanics Laboratory is equipped with 3-D motion analysis high-speed video recording cameras and software, a Sun workstation Kistler Force Plates and a 75 ft. gast track.
The Ergonomics Laboratory has an integrated system for measuring and calculating minute ventilation, oxygen consumption, heat rate, respiratory frequency and electromyography (EMG).
Laboratory experiments are conducted using a variable speed trademill, ergometer, industrial tools and machinery, material handling devices, and assembly tools and fixtures.
Additional equipment enables ergonomic research in the field using portable heart rate, oxygen, and EMG telemetry systems, and analysis via video recordings.
The Human Performance Institute (HPI) at Western Michigan University is an interdisciplinary center devoted to applied research, training, and outreach in the areas of occupational ergonomics, human factors, work design, and safety. The Institute specializes in product & safety system evaluation and design, healthcare modeling, and seating.
The HPI occupies a two-room suite (3,100 sq ft) on the new College of Engineering & Applied Science Parkview Campus. Within the Institute there are six breakout rooms designed to accommodate proprietary research. One of the breakout rooms also features a 4' X 6' one-mirror with video and audio capabilities for behavioral analysis. The laboratory features equipment to assess cognitive and biomechanical variables, metabolic demands, and environmental factors.
The HPI has been funded through the Federal government, State of Michigan, Private Foundations, and Industry.