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Chair's Distinguished Lecture:Enabling Human Operational Performance for Space Exploration

Thursday, October 1, 2020
4:00-5:15 PM
Leia Stirling
Associate Professor
Industrial and Operations Engineering
Core Faculty in the Center for Ergonomics
Core Faculty in the Robotics Institute
University of Michigan

Space exploration provides challenges in developing system capabilities to leave Earth’s orbit. While there are many missions that have been performed without a crew, having humans present provides many benefits. Humans have flexibility in decision making, versatility with tool usage, more robust perception, and increased efficiency in mission tasks. However, there are challenges to supporting the human in a space environment, including developing space suits, tools, and appropriate mission plans. In this talk, we consider how spacesuit fit affects human performance and how wearable sensors can inform designing space suits, tools, and extravehicular activity task planning.

About the speaker...

Leia Stirling is an Associate Professor in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, a Core Faculty in the Center for Ergonomics, and a Core Faculty in the Robotics Institute. Her research quantifies human performance and human-machine fluency to assess performance augmentation, advance exoskeleton control algorithms, mitigate injury risk, and provide relevant feedback to subject matter experts across domains. She received her B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2005) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. (2008) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (2008-2009), on the Advanced Technology Team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (2009-2012), then an Assistant Professor at MIT (2013 – 2019). She joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2019.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Class / Instruction
Tags: Aerospace, aerospace engineering
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Aerospace Engineering