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VR and Ergonomics

Participants : Charles Pontonnier, Georges Dumont, Pierre Plantard, Franck Multon.

The use of virtual reality tools for ergonomics applications is a very important challenge in order to genezalize the use of such devices for the design of workstations.

We deeply assessed the propensity of a virtual reality immersive room and classical interaction devices to evaluate properly the physical risk factors associated to assembly tasks. For this purpose, we compared tasks realized in real and virtual environment in terms of shoulder kinematics and muscular activity [20] and in terms of controlled kinematical variables, on the basis of the uncontrolled manifold theory [31] . Results show that there is less difference between real and virtual conditions than between indviduals, that make us think that such a virtual environment can be used to assess this type of task.