Title :

Physical Ergonomics and Biomedical Engineering

Speaker :

Dr. Manny Halpern

Manager of Ergonomic Consultation Services of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center and

Associate Research Professor of School of Medicine in the Graduate Program of Ergonomics & Biomechanics, New York University

Venue :

Lecture Theatre No. 3, Lady Shaw Building, CUHK

Date :

Mar 22, 2013, Friday
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Abstract :

The presentation intends to give the audience a foundation to build their professional experience: a conceptual framework and ideas for further research. It will introduce Ergonomics - mainly Physical Ergonomics - how it can help in Biomedical Engineering (BME) and show some examples for applications relevant to healthcare. Considering the sub-specialities of BME, Physical Ergonomics may directly assist BME in Biomechanics, Tissue Engineering and Clinical Engineering. The presentation will discuss cases where the focus in ergonomics is on product design vs. the usability process and cases of Physical Ergonomics research into biomechanics and tissue research.

Biography :

Dr. Manny Halpern is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist for New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases - Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center. Moreover he is the Manager of Ergonomic Consultation Services of the OIOC and an Associate Research Professor at NYU School of Medicine in the Graduate Program of Ergonomics & Biomechanics.

Dr. Manny Halpern has over 25 years of experience in ergonomics. Early on in his training in ergonomics, he was a research assistant in the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Here he was involved in EU efforts to create ergonomic standards for office automation. His academic background consists of his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology that he received at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and his Ph.D. obtained from the Ergonomics and Biomechanics program at NYU. He is a board certified professional ergonomist, certified in evidence-based design. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He was also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z-365 Committee to Control Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities and served as subject matter expert for the WHO Collaborating Center in the creation of the International Classification of Functioning.

He joined the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center in 1987 and consulted clients mainly in the service industries and public utilities on prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. In the last few years, he has been interested in healthcare ergonomics and the application of ergonomics in architecture. Dr. Halpern is part of the faculty in NYU’s Program for Ergonomics and Biomechanics, and he teaches the program’s “Ergonomics Part I Physical Issues in Workplace Design” Class. In October 2011 Manny Halpern, Ph.D. was among the faculty members that were recognized by the Dean for Appointment or Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor in the Occupational and Industrial Orthopaedic Center. Dr. Halpern’s research interests are focused on the design of healthcare facilities and nursing homes. His first project was reviewing the design plans for the new facility of VillageCare Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Manhattan in terms of safe patient handling, bedside information tools for patients and staff and the design of decentralized nursing stations. At the same time he has supervised a doctorate work developing a self-assessment tool for fall prevention among home-dwelling seniors. Following that was involved in setting up the Design for Aging committee at the American Institute for Architects NYC in 2010. He has been active in his attempts to give an ergonomic perspective to NYC ventures to improve the physical design of public and residential areas. Currently he is setting up a joint certification in Real Estate Ergonomics between ERBI and NYU Schack Institute for Real Estate, which will start 2012. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and text books as well as 28 presentations and abstracts in professional and research conferences.

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Enquiries: Ms. Winnie Wong, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, CUHK at 3943 8337. *MAE Series (2012-13) is contained in the World-Wide Web home page at http://www3.mae.cuhk.edu.hk/mae_seminars.php.

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