Designing accessible and inclusive products and services can be difficult when access to data on the capabilities of elderly and disabled people is limited.  Existing data sources are rarely representative of the needs of older and disabled people and can be difficult to apply. HADRIAN has been developed to provide improved data on people to support practitioners in understanding the broad range of characteristics and capabilities of their users. In addition, HADRIAN can exploit these data to perform task analyses of designs within a 3D CAD environment to provide feedback on accessibility and inclusiveness.   


HADRIAN is a software database of 102 people, including 59 with various disabilities, comprising of a broad range of body size, shape, joint range of motion, and task based capability. In addition to physical information, the HADRIAN Database includes a wide range of data about behaviour, and lifestyle, both at home and out and about.  HADRIAN is also a 3D human modelling and task analysis system to enable modelling of discrete physical interactions that are based on the complex limitations of real people rather than generic population data.


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Key Documents



E: J Mark Porter

E: Keith Case

E: Ruth Sims

E: Diane Gyi

E: Russ Marshall

E: Steve Summerskill

E: Pete Davis


Research led by

Loughborough Uni. -
Loughborough Design School