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Mr Bernard Hartigan

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Bernard recently took up a position as Lecturer LBB Product Design and Technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Limerick. Formerly 15 years as a professional product designer, he specialised in technical backpacks, as well as luggage and performance safety equipment. He worked closely with production in Asia for European and American performance brands, developing many successful products.

He is currently transferring this technical experience to a European H2020 soft exoskeleton project ( Brought on as part of Design Factors UL team to join the larger European Consortium, Bernard contributed greatly to the registered design of the final Gamma soft exoskeleton garment. 

He will commence shortly a Ph.D. by Design, “Traditional performance equipment, mismatched for the increasing demands of today’s performances”. The aim of this work will be a redesign with iterative prototyping facilitating active ergonomic and user centred design research. The outcome will be a roadmap, which challenges the rules the equipment is restricted by. It will successfully upgrade the equipment to state of the art, in order to make it finally fit for purpose.

Bernard hopes to investigate more health-related areas in his research career with an initial focus on passive skeletal supports for rehabilitation and RF-welding production possibilities for wearable solutions for health care.


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.