NATICK, Mass. – Since 2010 researchers at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine have taken on the mission to develop a computer program to create the full-body, complete-anatomy avatar of individual warfighters. Their goal is to create a 3-D full-anatomy avatar for any Soldier regardless of gender, shape or size.

Dr. Gary Zientara, a mathematical modeler, and Dr. Reed Hoyt, chief of the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling division at USARIEM, designed this project to morph human internal anatomy to fit into a 3-D body scan of Soldiers.

When Zientara and Hoyt looked at the range of research and activities occurring at Natick Soldier Systems Center, it was apparent to them that avatars could make an impact on the design of military gear, protective equipment and vehicles, and other applications across military medicine.

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