Student working on a research project.

Visualization And Design Integration Of Cyber-empathic Data For Product Realization

Cyber-empathic design is focused on the use of integrated sensors to collect data on human-product interaction with an interest in understanding design influences on perceptions about the product. Through causal modeling of interactions and perceptions, we are working to develop insights that improve the design of products and systems to better align with user requirements and idiosyncrasies.

To make cyber-empathic design techniques useful in supporting design inference, there is a need to visualize data from the sensor-integrated systems in the context of the products and users. In line with the empathic design paradigm origins, it is desirable to “see” how individuals may actually be sitting in the chair to lead to such force profiles.

Responsibilities will include:
• Contributing to the development of an experimental protocol for data collection
• Collecting data with a cyber-empathic product platform from human subjects experiments
• Data processing and model development focused on pose estimation

Students will work under the direction and mentoring of research faculty and graduate students from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Interested students should submit a resume, unofficial transcript and brief cover letter through the UB Career Services job board (Bullseye) at:

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: We are looking to add 1-2 undergrad research assistants to our project team to work from January-August in support of CE visualization tools. Students with an interest in product design, engineering modeling and machine learning are especially encourage t
Compensation: Salary / Stipend
Available: Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Andrew Olewnik
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Engineering And Applied Sciences
Office: 412F Bonner Hall
Phone: 716-645-2630