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krystyna_gielo_perczak.jpgKrystyna Gielo-Perczak is a scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA, USA. She obtained a M.Sc. (with Honors) in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Warsaw, followed by postdoctoral training in Biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Torino (Italy). She gained academic experience and mentored the students by serving as a faculty member or visiting lecturer at several universities around the world, including the Technical University of Warsaw, the University of Toronto, Victoria University of Technology (Australia), and the University of Oregon. Also, she worked at the University of Waterloo as a Technical Director of Gait Laboratory. Her research interests are modeling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, control theory and the systems approach seen in the context of designing safer workplaces and preventing musculoskeletal injuries to industrial workers. She organized the Computer Simulation Tutorial Workshop at the ISB Conference. She is as a member of the Editorial Board of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science and a Consulting Editor for Occupational Ergonomics.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak crosses the boundaries of many scientific approaches. Currently, she serves as a chair of The Individual Differences in Performance Technical Group in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She served as a member of the ISB Long Range Planning Committee in 1994-95. Also, she was a member of the executive council of the Technical Group on Computer Simulation (TGCS) from 1993-97. She has been a Biomch-L co-moderator since 1990.

She says: “In human performance modeling we need to consider cognitive as well biomechanical factors in the task analysis. We make many attempts to adapt the 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 with perceptive insight into complexity of the mutual relationships of the human biomechanical measures and cognitive factors. The description of human operators should reflect the biomechanical measures of fatigue, and the complexity of brain activity, which includes cognition and the dynamic process of knowing.”

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