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Dr. Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, Professor at the University of Connecticut (USA), will visit Delsys to present her perspective on “Musculoskeletal Modeling of Shoulder Joint Strength and Future Challenges for Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy” on Tuesday September 26th.

Talk Summary

Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary science that is greatly impacted by evidence-based treatment interventions. In the management and treatment of physical dysfunction or injury we need to incorporate biomechanical knowledge to evaluate the extent of symptoms, functional limitations, and physical disabilities. To accomplish this it is important for physical therapists to assimilate emerging information from fields such as biomechanics, engineering, and computer science so that they may integrate and translate information to clinical practice. It is particularly important to utilize modern engineering tools which bring evidence of dynamic body system changes from measurements of complex muscle activity.

We make many attempts to adapt theoretical concepts of mechanics to biomechanical knowledge. However, we should look for the existing mechanism in the human body, which leaves room for variation and flexibility. Thus, there is an emerging need for the concept of a human system that incorporates perceptive/intuitive insight to understand the complex mutual relationships of the human biomechanical measures and dynamic muscles’ interaction.

The objective of this presentation is to present research evidence which supports a proposed multidimensional methodology of human performance analysis. By applying biomechanics, engineering, signal processing and modern computer science simulation tools this methodology addresses the underlying need for persistent recording of muscle activity. The interpretation of muscle activity should include biomechanical, anatomical, motor control principles and cognitive aspect for their common implementation in successful rehabilitation process. This approach should be broadly applied by clinical environment.

About Dr. Krystyna Gielo-Perczak

Dr. Gielo-Perczak is an Associate Professor in Residence and Director of the Musculoskeletal System Modeling Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering Department at School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak crosses the boundaries of many scientific approaches and areas. Her research interests are biomechanical modeling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, shoulder complex, control theory and the systems approach seen in the context of preventing musculoskeletal injuries and improving through combining these approaches, into a leg exoskeletons, robotics and device design.

Before joining University of Connecticut Dr. Gielo-Perczak worked in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she conducted research, taught and advised in major qualifying projects in the areas of biomechanics, prosthetics and ergonomics. Prior WPI, Dr. Gielo-Perczak worked as a scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Health in Hopkinton, MA, USA.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak crosses the boundaries of many scientific approaches. Her research interests are modelling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, shoulder complex, control theory and the systems approach seen in the context of preventing musculoskeletal injuries and improving through combining these approaches, a biomedical device design. Dr. Gielo-Perczak is an author of 22 refereed original journal, 51 proceeding articles and abstracts, and 7 chapters and reviews.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak is as a member of the Editorial Board of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science and a Consulting Editor for Occupational Ergonomics. Currently, she serves as a chair of The Individual Differences in Performance Technical Group in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She has been a Biomch-L Forum co-moderator since 1991 and currently has 21,400 subscribers around the world.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak organized and served as Chair of the 1st Conference on Human Factors of Robots and Exoskeletons: Rehabilitation and Assistance during the 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics in Las Vegas, July 26-30, 2015.

On October 12th 2017, she will serve as Chair of the two special sessions on Individual Differences in Performance during the International Conference on Human Factors and Ergonomic Society in Austin, TX