Matt P. Reed smiles and poses for a portrait.

Matt P. Reed

Research Professor




Matt Reed is a Research Professor and Head of the Biosciences Group of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. He conducts research in a variety of areas relating to anthropometry and biomechanics, including vehicle ergonomics and vehicle occupant crash protection. He is also a Research Professor in the Center for Ergonomics in Industrial and Operations Engineering, where he directs the Human Motion Simulation Laboratory. The HUMOSIM Lab develops movement simulation algorithms and ergonomics analysis tools for use with commercial human modeling software. Some of Dr. Reeds’ recent work includes: study of soldier posture, position and body shape, driver preference for fore-aft steering wheel position, development of a new framework for conducting virtual seat fit testing using a parametric human model, study of seat belt anchor locations and safety implications, development of anthropometric specifications for the Army’s new WiAMan blast dummy and study of older driver posture and seat belt fit.


Research Interests

Ergonomics & Human Factors

  • Anthropometry
  • Biomechanics
  • Cognitive Ergonomics
  • Human Modeling
  • Human Motion
  • Industrial Ergonomics
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Office Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health & Safety

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