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

I have developed a parametric head model accounting for variations in face and scalp shapes for both male and female. 200 bald head scans were analyzed using PCA and standard anthropometric parameters were associated with the retained PC scores to generate subject-specific head model. 58 anatomical landmark locations were carefully defined and digitized from the scans.

This is the finest quality of the head model compared to available head models to date. Possible applications would be scalp shape estimation under hair, facial surgery planning, 3D scan anonymization, and face recognition/classification. Please contact me if you have any questions or are interested in collaboration on this.