Byoung-keon Daniel Park, PhD

Assistant RESEARCH Scientist

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)



“I am an assistant research scientist in the Biosciences Group at the University Michigan Transportation Research institute (UMTRI). I joined UMTRI as a research faculty in 2013 and have primarily focussed on research based on parametric human anatomy models, which accounts for morphological variances of human body shapes and musculoskeletal systems across populations in different ages, gender, and ethnic groups.

Research Areas

  • Parametric digital human model development - Statistical body shape model developments, parametric skeleton modeling (e.g. lower extremities and skull), Posable body shape models, etc.
  • Model-based automatic anthropometric measurements - Automatic standard body dimension prediction, Body shape estimation under clothing/equipment, data-driven body landmark and joint location estimation, etc.
  • Model-based naturalistic behavior analysis - Marker-less motion capture, naturalistic human behavior capture in fields, Multi people behavior tracking, data-driven motion prediction, etc.
  • Others - Computer-aided orthopedic surgery, function-based geometric modeling, virtual/augmented reality.

What's New

Apple revealed ARKit in iOS11, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality (AR) experiences using a single camera for iPhone and iPad.

....Wait, what? This opens up an awesome opportunity for our new statistical body shape models to be adapted in the real world! I was able to implement one of our models using ARKit to assess a "fit" to an environment. (See the short demo vid on the right).

Stay tuned for more exciting things to come.