Bernard is a Ph.D Student and lecturer on the BSc. Product Design & Technology course at the University of Limerick. With fifteen years of international experience as a professional performance equipment designer.
Bernard’s research interests include blended product design learning, soft exoskeletons and design for health in the performance arts.
Member of the emerging cluster: The Creative Process meets the Creative Product - Enhancing the Performance Artist through Research, Design and Technology.
o Development of an Irish dancing shoe to mitigate against injury during performance
o Development of a product to evaluate athletes and performers perception of pain during muscle recovery
o Development of a product to improve the vocal performance and health of singers
Ph.D. Development of an Irish dancing shoe to mitigate against injury during performance
Power, V., de Eyto, A., Hartigan, B., Ortiz, J., O’Sullivan, L., Application of a User-Centered Design Approach to the Development of XoSoft – A Lower Body Soft Exoskeleton, Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2018, October 16-20, 2018, Pisa, Italy, pp 44-8. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-01887-0_9