CLEMSON — Clemson University researchers will find ways to make living at home safer for aging and vulnerable people with help from a $1.5 million in-kind software gift from Siemens PLM Software to the Institute for Intelligent Materials, Systems and Environments (CUiMSE).

Clemson Ph.D. student Joe Manganelli was central to securing the software gift, which supports his doctoral research under architecture professor and CUiMSE director Keith Green. Manganelli's work is key to research by a team of Clemson faculty members from electrical and computer engineering, human factors psychology and mechanical engineering; their graduate and undergraduate students; as well as investigators from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering.

The team will use Siemens PLM Software technology to design and test “architectural-robotic” living environments supporting aging residents living in their private homes and in institutional care settings. For this research, Manganelli, Green and the team have designed and fabricated “home+,” a home-lab in the Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital of the Greenville Hospital System.

“The process of developing complex, human-centered, technological living environments for vulnerable segments of the population should prove easier with these software tools,” Green said. “They allow the research team to design physical environments that empower people, even as their physical capabilities alter over time.”

“We are committed to improving the technical stature of Clemson’s iMSE Institute and its ability to develop world-class engineers and technologists for our global communities, customers and business partners,” said Hulas King, director of GO PLM & Global Community Relations-Siemens PLM Software. “Our relationship with Clemson will increase students’ digital manufacturing skills, introduce the most advanced technologies and facilitate many ergonomic life-cycle processes. We are proud to team with Clemson’s strong academic leaders and gifted students to enhance technological living environments for under-served populations.”

The gift to iSME, made through Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM initiative, provides two types of software:

NX, a comprehensive digital product development solution for advanced computer-aided design, simulation and manufacturing; and

Tecnomatix, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution for virtual task analysis and ergonomics studies with avatars representing targeted segments of the human population.

CUiMSE is a partnership of Clemson’s School of Architecture, its School of Materials Science and Engineering, and its Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where Green holds a joint appointment.

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