Welcome to the

Smart Life In Motion (SLIM) Lab!

Functional capabilities in humans are very diverse and are affected differently by environmental circumstances and the demands of tasks. Lack of design consideration for the diversity in human functional capabilities leads to an increase in the prevalence of work-related injuries, and even limits certain vulnerable populations, such as persons with mobility impairments, from accessing environments and services (e.g., public transportation).

 

The overall goals of the Smart Life in Motion (SLIM) Lab are to:

  1. assess human motion by combining functional biomechanics, wearable sensing technologies, and data analytics in a range of environmental contexts, and

  2. improve human performance and well-being by providing adequate & timely intervention as described in the research framework below.

 

 

Application domains include 1) occupational settings, 2) healthcare environment, and 3) constructed environments for diverse populations (e.g., public transportation). Please visit the Research page for more detailed information.

 

 

Events & Updates

  • 11/20/2020: Cognitive Science Colloquium Series, U of A
    • Speaker: Sol Lim, Seminar Title: "Human Motion Analysis with Inertial Sensing and Predictive Modeling for improved health and well-being"
  • 10/5-10/9/2020: 64th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Virtual
    • Speaker: Melanie Grudinschi, Presentation Title: "Task Analysis on Yoga Poses Toward a Wearable Sensor-based Learning System for Users with Visual Impairment" Click here for the presentation!
    • Speaker: Sol Lim, Presentation Title: "Classifying Lifting-Lowering Height and Load Level using Inertial Sensor-based Kinematics: An Initial Study."
  • 2/21/2020: Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics Department Seminar, U of A 
    • Speaker: Sol Lim, Seminar Title: "Human Motion Analysis with Inertial Sensing and Predictive Modeling for Construction Safety"
  • 11/22/2019: SIE Department Seminar, U of A
    • Speaker: Sol Lim, Seminar Title: "Inertial Sensing and Predictive Modeling for Human Motion Analysis"
  • 10/28 - 11/01/2019: 63rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington
    • Speaker: Sol Lim, Presentation Title: "Gender and Parity in Statistical Prediction of Anterior Carry Hand-Loads from Inertial Sensor Data"
  • 10/19 - 10/24/2019: 32nd ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana 

Press Coverage

Funding News

  • Nov 2020: A research project titled "YoLoV (Yoga for Low Vision): Wearable Sensor-based Virtual Yoga Learning System for People with Low Vision" was funded by the Faculty Seed Grant, University of Arizona.
  • Jul 2020: A research project titled "Providing real-time feedback on ergonomic risk factors using wearable sensors in construction work" was funded by Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) Pilot Project Awards, sub-award from Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (NIOSH).

Publications 

  • Dec 2020: An abstract by Melanie Grudinschi and Kyle Norland titled "The Effectiveness of Wearable Sensor-Based Vibrotactile Feedback in Yoga Training for Users with Visual Impairment" has been accepted to the 2021 Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference. Congrats!
  • Dec 2020: An abstract by Dr. Sol Lim titled "Functional Data Representation of Inertial Sensor-based Torso and Hip-Knee Movements during Lifting" has been accepted to the 2021 Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) Conference
  • Sept 2020: A paper by Dr. Sol Lim titled "Measuring Effects of Two-Handed Side and Anterior Load Carriage on Thoracic-Pelvic Coordination using Wearable Gyroscopes" has been published in the Sensors journal. 
  • May 2020: A paper by UG student Melanie Grudinschi and Ph.D. student Kyle Norland titled “Task Analysis on Yoga Practice Toward the Wearable Sensor-based Learning System for Users with Visual Impairment“ has been accepted to the 2020 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting. Congrats!
  • May 2020: A paper by Dr. Sol Lim titled "Classifying Lifting-Lowering Height and Load Level using Inertial Sensor-based Kinematics: An Initial Study" has been accepted to the 2020 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Annual Meeting
  • Feb 2020: A paper by Dr. Sol Lim titled "A Narrative Review on Contemporary and Emerging Uses of Inertial Sensing in Occupational Ergonomics" has been published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 

Awards 

  • Nov 2020: Ph.D. student Kyle Norland won 1st place at the SIE GradSlam. Congratulations, Kyle!
  • Oct 2019: Dr. Sol Lim won the Best Student Research Paper Award at the 63rd Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting with her research paper “Gender and Parity in Statistical Prediction of Anterior Carry Hand-Loads from Inertial Sensor Data."

New members 

  • Aug 2020: Undergraduate researcher Natalie Scott and Melanie Fellers joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Natalie and Melanie!
  • Aug 2020: Ph.D. students Md Shafiqul Islam and Mohammad Mahdi Ahmadi joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Shafiqul and Mohammad! 
  • May 2020: Ph.D. student Kyle Norland joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Kyle!
  • Feb 2020: Ph.D. student Xiang Yang joined SLIM Lab. Xiang will start his Ph.D. program in SIE in Fall 2020. Welcome, Xiang!
  • Feb 2020: Undergraduate Researcher Brandon Duron joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Brandon!
  • Nov 2019: Undergraduate Researcher Melanie Grudinschi joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Melanie!
  • Oct 2019: Undergraduate Researchers Cleidia Carlos and Brianna Chavez joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Cleidia and Brianna!
  • Sept 2019: Undergraduate Researcher Hady Mambo joined SLIM Lab. Welcome, Hady!

We are in hiring! Please see Join the Lab page for more information!

If you will attend any of the upcoming conferences listed above, please send an email to Dr. Lim to set up a meeting.