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.

Recent News


 New!    New article Variation in upper extremity, neck and trunk postures when performing computer work at a sit-stand station by Divya Srinivasan was published in Applied Ergonomics. (Octber 2018)


 New!    New article Robust Sparse Representation-Based Classification Using Online Sensor Data for Monitoring Manual Material Handling Tasks by Maury Nussbaum and Sunwook Kim was published in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. (October 2018)


Maury Nussbaum was inducted as Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) (August 2018)


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