Recent News

 New!    New article "Comparison of sedentary behaviors in office workers using sit-stand tables with and without semi-automated position changes " by Divya Srinivasan was published in Human Factors. (March 2017)

 New!    New article "Required friction during overground walking is lower among obese compared to non-obese older men, but does not differ with obesity among women" by Maury Nussbaum was published in Applied Ergonomics. (March 2017)

The Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (OEB) Laboratories conduct work in theoretical and applied ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, and work physiology, primarily relating to worksite, workstation, and equipment evaluation and design.  Specifically, research is focused on: biomechanics of the human body (modeling, strength, motions, and working postures); human engineering of systems, equipment, tools, workstations, and work tasks; and ergonomic design for safety, efficiency, and performance.  

Major application domains for the work in the laboratories are manufacturing, construction, and healthcare.  The Laboratories consist of several rooms, which are used as needed for research, development, and evaluation. This Laboratories are well equipped to do research in a variety of areas.

Main Research Areas

    • Theoretical and Applied Biomechanics
    • Occupational ergonomics and injury prevention
    • Balance, Posture Control, and Fall Prevention
    • Work Physiology and Muscle Fatigue
    • Ambulatory Assessment of Ergonomic Exposures
    • Individual Differences in Work Capacity and Injury Risk
    • Development of Ergonomic Design and Evaluation Guidelines
    • Consumer Product Design and Evaluation


Ongoing Project

 New!   Documentation of sit-stand table usage patterns and associated biomechanical exposures of office workers over a 2-month intervention period

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