Dr. Gielo-Perczak’s research interests include biomechanical modelling, musculoskeletal system simulation, control theory, and the application of a systems approach to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. By combining these disciplines, she crosses the boundaries of traditional research approaches to improve the design of exoskeletons, robotics and medical devices.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Gielo-Perczak has acquired a strong foundation in musculoskeletal biomechanics, human-centered design, balance and posture analysis, and slips and falls research. She has applied this foundation to interpret methodologies and experiments pertaining to human strength and movement in small- and large-scale systems. For example, in one study, she applied a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the effect of steel beam width on construction worker balance control. Dr. Gielo-Perczak applies findings from such studies to the design of lower extremity exoskeletons.
Further, Dr. Gielo Perczak is dedicated to developing and applying shoulder joint osteology within the experimental fields of biomechanics, rehabilitation and ergonomics. This approach provides a biomechanical basis for a novel concept in ergonomics based on mechanical and mathematical joint structure modelling. It involves the implementation of analytical relationships of articular geometries in the etiology of work- related injury. By promoting individual device design, this research informs the development of new physical standards and interior designs as ways to improve patient rehabilitation and comfort.
As chair of the Individual Differences in Performance Technical Group (HFES) for 14 years, and program co-chair for six years, Dr. Gielo-Perczak initiated a broad communication effort which united various disciplines and increased the group’s diversity.