Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics
Dr. Michael J.
Dr. Maury A. Nussbaum
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Human Factors and
Engineering (HFEEC) Labs
Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory conducts work in
and applied ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, and work physiology,
primarily relating to worksite, workstation, and equipment evaluation
design. Specifically, research is focused on: biomechanics of the
(modeling, strength, motions, and working postures); human engineering
systems, equipment, tools, workstations, and work tasks; and ergonomic
for safety, efficiency, and performance. Major application
domains for the
work in the laboratory are manufacturing, construction, and health
Laboratory consists of several rooms, which are used as needed for
development, and evaluation. This Laboratory is particularly well
to do research in a variety of areas.
- Marker tracking
- 6DOF trackers (XSens); Moven full-body suit
- Faro 12-foot Advantage Arm
- Force platforms: 3 AMTI and 1 Bertec
- Load Cells: 2 AMIT
(3-axis), several uniaxial (Interface)
System 3 Pro
and finger dynamometers
channels wired (Measurement Systems, Inc.)
channels with preamplified electrodes
rate monitors (Polar)
and Ongoing Projects:
and Current Sponsors:
- Evaluation and design of work tasks to accommodate the aging
worker (e.g. how aging affects work capacity, fatigue, and balance /
- Development and validation of biomechanical models for assessing
- Determining and modeling effects of muscle fatigue on balance and
- Consumer product design and evaluation.
- Simulation and ergonomic evaluation of residential construction
tasks (i.e. using pre-fabricated wall systems).
- Development of a decision support system to incorporate ergonomic
evaluations in construction design.
- Interventions to reduce physical workload (e.g. the Portable
Lift-Assist Device, or PLAD).
- Evaluation of balance / falls risks, and interventions to reduce
the risks of fall accidents.
- Development of practical ergonomic guidelines for upper extremity
work, specifically hand-intensive and shoulder-intensive tasks,
incorporating strength, fatigue, and worker acceptability.
- Digital human models that can simulate worker postures and
motions when lifting/handling loads manually
- Evaluation of hospital beds in terms of physical demands on
health care workers
Ergonomic and Biomechanics Lab
- Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.
- Hyundai Motor Company
- National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Stryker Medical
- Toshiba Corporation
- United Parcel Service