Using Deep Technology to Characterize Populations for Better Fitting Footwear

October 22 @ 10:30
10:30 — 11:15

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Most of the major global technology companies use Human factors and Ergonomics to build tech that can be personalized and incorporated into our daily routine. Our phones and cars are all examples of how technology directly influences the design of the products we use. Footwear products should not be any different. Deep technology can offer a pathway to providing a direct connection between footwear manufacturers and footwear consumers.

The concept of deep technology uses data to accelerate the innovation cycle of any concept or product. Imagine being measured for a pair of shoes and having that information added to a data lake of foot measurements that are similar in order to create a population so that footwear companies can create multiple versions of optimize footwear for that specific population. The resulting products and information from that population could cause everyone within that innovation cycle (designer, clinician, scientist and consumer) to have access to optimum information that would positively influence the decision-making process resulting in optimal solutions.

Let’s explore together cutting-edge technology that has computer vision and machine learning capabilities meant to target specific muscles and structures specifically, large muscle groups used for balance, stability, gait as well as foot morphology and shoe fitting. This innovative technology exists to identify, collect and store information using infrared sensors embedded in computer vision software thus, characterizing key components of neuromuscular effort as it relates to mechanical efficiency. This technology has been proven in recent studies to provide insight into muscle physiology deficiencies and otherwise ‘Healthy’ individuals. Most clinicians and research scientist study locomotion through Biomechanics alone, let’s take a look at how we are able to use deep technology and computational neuroscience to understand the principles that govern the abilities of the nervous system as it relates to locomotion and stereotyped movement patterns, so that we can better understand our bodies, set expectations for it and optimize restoration characteristics for the disabled while influencing the manufacture of the footwear products we wear.

Dr Von M. Homer, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomechanics, Hx Innovations, Inc

Dr. Von M. Homer is a Co-founder of Hx Innovations, Inc. and Professor at Delaware State University in the College of Health & Behavior Sciences. Dr. Homer is an expert in Neuro-Biomechanics and holds a distinction as an Ergonomics Professional. In addition to his noteworthy research publications in Podiatry and the Medical Device industry he holds 7 patents, 2 footwear patents and 5 digital health technology patents. He has been a practicing in the field of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics for more than 13 years including a one-year clinical appointment at the National Institutes of Health. His teaching and research interests involve lower extremity Biomechanics, Neuro-ergonomics, design and manufacture of orthopedic medical devices, robotic assistive devices, materials, computational neuroscience and footwear. Dr. Homer remains active on various university committees as well as community and industry organizations, such as the (BOC) Board of Certification/Accreditation, (ASB) American Society of Biomechanics, (PFA) Pedorthic Footcare Association, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. 

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