The central theme of my research program is workplace injury prevention. This is accomplished through the following three research strands:
DRiVE Lab 2.0 (Driving Research in Virtual Environments 2.0) is comprised of two state of the art virtual reality laboratories housed in the A.A. Thornbrough Building. One of the laboratories contains a full sized Pontiac G6 OKTAL static car simulator as well as a 12 camera VICON motion capture system. The other laboratory contains a 6 degree of freedom hexapod robot dynamic heavy equipment/car simulator coupled with a 7 camera VICON motion capture system. Both of the laboratories incorporate visual as well as haptic feedback. The dynamic simulator includes a pair of haptic controls coupled with a virtual reality head mounted display where as the OKTAL simulator uses 6 high definition projectors to provide 300 degrees of coverage on the wrap around screens.
In collaboration with fellow DRiVE Lab Co-Directors, Dr. Lana Trick from Psychology and Dr. Andrew Hamilton-Wright from the School of Computer Science, both facilities are being used to develop and test new in-vehicle devices to make driving safer. The two simulation facilities allow us to simultaneously investigate combinations of biomechanical, physiological, and psychophysical basic and applied research questions under realistic operating conditions.
Whole-Body Vibration Mitigation Strategies and Device Development - In collaboration with School of Engineering Colleague, Dr. Marwan Hassan, this research strand aims to develop new active vibration control strategies and devices to attenuate whole-body vibration in mobile heavy machinery.
Development, Validation and Use of Wearables - In collaboration with School of Engineering Colleague, Dr. Karen Gordon and Dr. Anne Agur (University of Toronto), our previous research has focused on quantification and measurement methods of material properties of hand and wrist soft tissues. We have begun a new research theme which develops, validates and uses novel wrist and knee wearable devices for ergonomic assessment.