AustinMan and AustinWoman Electromagnetic Human Models

Computing & Wireless : Application Software

Available for non-exclusive licensing


  • Ali Yilmaz, Ph.D. , Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jackson Massey , ICES
  • Hyun-Jae Lee
  • Emin Celik
  • Cemil Geyik
  • Jungwook (Jason) Choi

Background/unmet need

AustinMan and AustinWoman are voxel models of the human body that are being developed primarily for electromagnetic but also for other physics simulations from the National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project data set. Currently, there are very few (~20) anatomically accurate human models available for analyzing the interaction of electromagnetic fields with the human body. Existing models are (over)simplified (e.g., cylinders, spheres, cuboids), contain few tissues (e.g., missing blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons), or are low-fidelity (cm-scale). They can also be no longer available, cost a significant fee, and be tied to software packages. Just as importantly, existing anatomical models are in general not repeatable/replicable/ verifiable (i.e., the methodology/assumptions/simplifications are not shared with users/independent parties) and often cannot be improved or modified by the user.

Invention Description

The AustinMan and AustinWoman datasets are very precise, high-fidelity with mm-scale image resolution (among the highest, if not the highest in the world), and contain 50+ different tissues. The methodology (past versions including simplifications, assumptions, and known errors in the models) used in developing the model is publicly available.


  • Expands the set of anatomically accurate human models
  • Verifiable and easily accessible
  • High-fidelity complex models help validate simpler models, improve understanding of human anatomy, and enable the development of more accurate simplified models.


  • Highest fidelity
  • Open models
  • Not married to specific commercial software  

Market potential/applications

Wearable, ingestible, and implantable wireless device developers (for both meeting FDA safety requirements and improving device performance)
MRI developers
FDA for safety certification (e.g., of implants for MRI)
FCC for safety certification (e.g., of cell phones/heating effects)
Commercial electromagnetic/multiphysics simulators (Ansoft HFSS, CST, Altair FEKO, Semcad, EMCoS) to be packaged with their software

Development Stage

Beta product/commercial prototype

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