The UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering welcomes a new faculty member in fall 2019, assistant professor Sol Lim.
Lim completed her PhD at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She says her background in biomedical engineering, industrial engineering, and clothing and textiles have all contributed to her current research, which combines wearable technologies with data analytics and human factors.
For example, Lim has analyzed movement data from manual laborers to estimate the cumulative impact of physically demanding tasks and help mitigate work-related injuries. She’s also tracked the way individuals with disabilities move through public transportation, working to understand the physical and cognitive barriers that limit their independence. With this work, she aims to develop design guidelines to improve the accessibility of future autonomous transportation.
"The beauty of wearable sensors is that they can be used to collect human motion and physiological data in a range of environmental contexts with minimal interruption," she said. "My goal is to improve human health and quality of life through the effective use of wearable technologies."