Injury Biomechanics: 3D Head & Brain Modeling
The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) is dedicated to achieving safe and sustainable transportation for a global society.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), ranging from concussion to severe TBI, is a serious public health problem for both children and adults in the United States. Common causes of TBI include sports and recreation-related injuries, falls, and motorcycle/motor-vehicle crashes. Protective helmets have the potential to reduce the number of concussions occurring during sports, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents. However, helmets are typically not designed to account for individual variation in head size and shape across the pediatric and adult populations. Furthermore, most existing biomechanical head/brain injury models fail to consider the influence of individual variability in head/brain morphology on brain tissue deformation patterns. A successful tool could be used for personalized protective equipment design and fitting, as well as for developing individualized human head/brain injury models.
This student team will develop a web-based tool that delivers the results of an improved model of head/brain morphology, better incorporating individual variability than other existing representations. The results will be represented as 3D model of the scalp, skull and/or brain. The model will incorporate a wide range of demographics from small children to adult and allow the user to specify certain parameters for the model. Data will be illustrated on the screen and delivered as a 3D mesh file.
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following document in January 2018:
No NDA Necessary
- Skill level All levels
- Students 8-9 Students
- Likely Majors AERO, BIO, BME, CS, IOE, MATH, ME, STATS
- Course Substitutions Honors, IOE Capstone, ME 490, ME 590, MIDAS, Data Science
- IP & NDA Required? Yes
- Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
Web Deployment/General Programming (3 Students)
General Programming and web development
- Likely Majors: CSE/CS-LSA
Model Development (3 Students)
Human data analysis and modeling
- Likely Majors: BME, IOE, ME
Statistics (1 Student)
Model development, Validation
- Likely Majors: STATS, MATH
FEA Modeling (1-2 Students)
Intermediate/Advanced FEA Analysis
- Likely Majors: ME, BME, AERO, GRAD
Faculty Mentor: Monica Jones
Assistant Research Scientist, UMTRI Biosciences
Monica Jones is an assistant research scientist in UMTRI’s Biosciences Group. She joined UMTRI in October 2014 following a postdoctoral research fellowship at Canada Defence Research & Development Centre. She earned her PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from the University of Michigan. She also holds an MSE in IOE from the University of Michigan, an MHK in Applied Human Performance from the University of Windsor, and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph. Prior to starting her graduate studies at Michigan, she worked for Ford Motor Company.
Sponsor Mentor: Jingwen Hu
Research Associate Professor, UMTRI Biosciences & ME
Jingwen Hu is a research associate professor in the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Biosciences Group and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from Wayne State University and an MS and a BS in automotive engineering from Tsinghua University.
Dr. Hu’s research interests focus on injury biomechanics in motor-vehicle crashes by a multidisciplinary approach using a combination of experimental, numerical, and epidemiological procedures. He is also interested in human modeling for other applications, including pediatric head injuries in falls and child abuse cases, computer-aided surgery, and seating comfort.