Ergonomic chair design by fusing qualitative and quantitative criteria using interactive genetic algorithms

Alexandra Melike Brintrup, Jeremy Ramsden, Hideyuki Takagi, Ashutosh Tiwari

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    Abstract

    This paper emphasizes the necessity of formally bringing qualitative and quantitative criteria of ergonomic design together, and provides a novel complementary design framework with this aim. Within this framework, different design criteria are viewed as optimization objectives, and design solutions are iteratively improved through the cooperative efforts of computer and user. The framework is rooted in multiobjective optimization, genetic algorithms, and interactive user evaluation. Three different algorithms based on the framework are developed, and tested with an ergonomic chair design problem. The parallel and multiobjective approaches show promising results in fitness convergence, design diversity, and user satisfaction metrics.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-354
    Number of pages12
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Software
    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics

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