This activity focuses on the development and validation of systems and tools for applications in occupational ergonomics. It aims at finding solutions that could help ergonomist in evaluate in a simple and straightforward way, the risk to develop work-related musculoskeletal disease. We believe that the use of wearable technology is extremely helpful to accomplish this goal for their ease of use in the working environment and their noninvasiveness. This lets us using the movement data as input to a scalable and personalized biomechanical model. Using this approach, we are also trying to find some additional measures that can objectively explain the state of fatigue of workers to further investigate and quantify the biomechanical effort required to workers to exploit different tasks.
We have developed a software tool that helps quantifying some aspects of the movement following the international standard about the analysis of risks factors that could affect the musculoskeletal system of workers.
Furthermore, we are trying to develop assistive devices to support workers in doing their activity preventing hazardous overloads that can lead to accidents in workplace environments.