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Dr Leonard O'Sullivan

Biography

Prof. O’Sullivan is an associate professor in human factors and ergonomics in the School of Design, and Funded Investigator (Confirm Smart Manufacturing Centre) of the Rapid Innovation Unit with University Hospital Limeric. He is a lead faculty researcher in the Design Factors research group. His research interests include user centred design in medical device innovation, 3D printing and additive manufacturing in medical device design, ergonomics of musculoskeletal disorders, and human factors in worker robot collaboration. Prof. O’Sullivan is a Fellow and current Chairman of the Irish Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK), member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA) and member of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK).
Research expertise:
Medical device innovation, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, human Factors in product design, musculoskeletal disorders, healthy and safety management, human robot collaboration.

Research Interests

Design ergonomics, Industrial Ergonomics, Human Factors in Product Design, User Centered Design, Usability, Musculoskeletal disorders, Healthy and safety Management, Medical Device Innovation and Safety

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2016 Registered Member, Institute of Designers of Ireland
  • 2013 Member, Human Factros and Ergonomics Society (USA)
  • 1999 Irish representative, Federation of European Ergonomics Societies (FEES)
  • 1999 Member, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK)
  • Member, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Fellow, Irish Ergonomics Society

Committee

  • 2005 National Occupational Health Strategy Steering Group for the Health and Safety Authority,
  • 2005 ISO Standards-CEN TC122,
  • 2002 Irish Ergonomics Society,
  • Irish Ergonomics Society,

Education

  • 2001 University of Limerick - Ph.D.
  • 1998 University Of Limerick - M.Sc.
  • 1997 University of Limerick - B.Tech.

Consultancy

  • - Industrial risk assessments and workplace/work systems redesign

Language

  • German

Publications

Book

2009

Ergonomics Laboratory Exercises,
Gallwey, T; O'Sullivan, L

Conference Publication

2017

Reflex Response Modelling of Exoskeleton-User Interaction
de Kruif, BJ,Schmidhauser, E,Stadler, KS,O'Sullivan, L,Ibanez, J,GonzalezVargas, J,Azorin, JM,Akay, M,Pons, JL
Wearable Robotics: Challenges And Trends DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_176

2017

User Centered Design and Usability of Bionic Devices
O'Sullivan, LW,Power, V,de Eyto, A,Ortiz, J,Ibanez, J,GonzalezVargas, J,Azorin, JM,Akay, M,Pons, JL
Wearable Robotics: Challenges And Trends DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_96

2017

The Potential and Acceptance of Exoskeletons in Industry
de Looze, MP,Krause, F,O'Sullivan, LW,GonzalezVargas, J,Ibanez, J,ContrerasVidal, JL,VanDerKooij, H,Pons, JL
Wearable Robotics: Challenges And Trends DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46532-6_32

2017

Active Safety Functions for Industrial Lower Body Exoskeletons: Concept and Assessment
Masood, J,Mateos, LA,Ortiz, J,Toxiri, S,O'Sullivan, L,Caldwell, D,GonzalezVargas, J,Ibanez, J,ContrerasVidal, JL,VanDerKooij, H,Pons, JL
Wearable Robotics: Challenges And Trends DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46532-6_49

2016

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
De Kruif B.;O'Sullivan L.;Schmidhauser E.;Stadler K.
Acm International Conference Proceeding Series DOI: 10.1145/2910674.2935837

2015

End user needs elicitation for a full-body exoskeleton to assist the elderly
O'Sullivan, L,Power, V,Virk, G,Masud, N,Haider, U,Christensen, S,Bai, SP,Cuypers, L,D'Have, M,KristlVoncke,Ahram, T,Karwowski, W,Schmorrow, D
6th International Conference On Applied Human Factors And Ergonomics (Ahfe 2015) And The Affiliated Conferences, Ahfe 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.302

2015

Standards for the safety of exoskeletons used by industrial workers performing manual handling activities: A contribution from the Robo-Mate project to their future development
O'Sullivan, L,Nugent, R,van der Vorm, J,Ahram, T,Karwowski, W,Schmorrow, D
6th International Conference On Applied Human Factors And Ergonomics (Ahfe 2015) And The Affiliated Conferences, Ahfe 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.306

2015

Safety and risk management in designing for the lifecycle of an exoskeleton: A novel process developed in the Robo-Mate project
van der Vorm, J,Nugent, R,O'Sullivan, L,Ahram, T,Karwowski, W,Schmorrow, D
6th International Conference On Applied Human Factors And Ergonomics (Ahfe 2015) And The Affiliated Conferences, Ahfe 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.304

2014

HIGH VALUE MANUFACTURING: ADVANCED RESEARCH IN VIRTUAL AND RAPID PROTOTYPING
O'Sullivan, KJ,Kiernan, L,O'Sullivan, L,Canavan, E,Bartolo, PJD,DeLemos, ACS,Pereira, AMH,Mateus, AJD,Ramos, C,DosSantos, C,Oliveira, D,Pinto, E,Craveiro, F,Bartolo, H,Almeia, HD,Sousa I,Matias, JM,Durao, L,Gaspar, M,Alves, NMF,Carreira, P,Ferreira, T,Marques, T
High Value Manufacturing: Advanced Research In Virtual And Rapid Prototyping

2014

VOCATIONAL ERGONOMICS SKILLS IN HUMAN ROBOT COLLABORATION
O'Sullivan, LW,Chova, LG,Martinez, AL,Torres, IC
Edulearn14: 6th International Conference On Education And New Learning Technologies

2011

INTED2011: 5TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
Jackson, A,O'Sullivan, L,Chova, LG,Torres, IC,Martinez, AL
Inted2011: 5th International Technology, Education And Development Conference

2011

Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011
Finneran A.;O'Sullivan L.
Contemporary Ergonomics And Human Factors 2011

2011

AN ERGONOMIC PERFORMANCE PREDICTION MODEL (ERGO PRO-PREDICT)
Finneran, A,O'Sullivan, LW,Anderson, M
Contemporary Ergonomics And Human Factors 2011

2010

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 1
Jackson, A,O'Sullivan, L,Escudeiro, P
Proceedings Of The 9th European Conference On E-Learning, Vol 1

2008

MSD prevalence and psychological risk exposure in Irish industry
Collins, M.J., O'Sullivan, L., and Waldmann, T.
Irish Ergonomics Review

2008

Health Medicine
Waldmann T, O'Sullivan, L and Timlin,T

2007

Contemporary Ergonomics 2007
O'Sullivan L.;Deeney C.

2007

PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders
Collins, J. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.

2007

PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders
Deeney, C. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.,

2007

CONTEMPORARY ERGONOMICS 2007
OSullivan, L; Deeney, C

2007

PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders
Finneran, A. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.,

2007

Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W., and Deeney, C., 2007,

2007

World Physical Therapy
O¿Brien, A. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.,

2006

Irish Psychological Society
Waldmann, T., O¿Sullivan L., and Timlin

2006

Irish Manufacturing Conference
Finneran, A. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.,

2006

Irish Manufacturing Conference
O'Sullivan, L., and Deeney, C.

2006

Irish Manufacturing Conference
O'Sullivan, L. and Deeney, C.,

2006

IEA Triennial Congress, ISSN 0003-69870.
O¿Sullivan L, W. and Timlin, T,

2006

Irish Manufacturing Conference
Finneran, A. and O�Sullivan, L.W.,

2005

EUMASS Congress
O¿Sullivan, L., Timlin, T. and Wadlmann, T.,

2005

Irish Ergonomics Review 2005
Timlin, T and O�Sullivan L.W.,

2005

Irish Ergonomics Review 2005
O¿Brien, A. and O¿Sullivan L.W.,

2004
2004

APERGO 2004
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey, T.J.,

2004

Irish Manufacturing Conference 21
Clancy, P. and O¿Sullivan, L.W., 2004

2003

Irish Ergonomics Review
O¿Herlihy, E., Gaughran, W., and O¿Sullivan, L.W

2003

Human Aspects in Advance Manufacturing And Hybrid Automation
O¿Sullivan, L.W., Gallwey, T.J. and Kennedy, E

2003

QUALITY OF WORK AND PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISES OF THE FUTURE
Khan, AA; Gallwey, TJ; OSullivan, L

2003

Irish Ergonomics Review
Mukhopadhyay, P., Gallwey, T. and O¿Sullivan, L.W

2003

International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference
Mukhopadhyay, P., Gallwey, T. and O¿Sullivan, L.W

2003

Irish Ergonomics Review
Khan, A., Gallwey, T. and O¿Sullivan, L.W

2003

International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference
Khan, A., Gallwey, T. and O¿Sullivan, L.W

2003

Irish Ergonomics Review
O¿Shea, J., Gaughran, W. and O¿Sullivan, L.W.,

2003

Computers in Industrial Engineering
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey, T.J

2003

QUALITY OF WORK AND PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISES OF THE FUTURE
Mukhopadhyay, P; Gallwey, TJ; OSullivan, L

2002
2002

Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J

2002

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J

2001

Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J.,

2001
2001

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J

2000

Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J

2000
2000
2000

IMC
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey. T.J

1999

15th International Conference on Production Research
O¿Sullivan, L.W. and Gallwey, T.J

Other Journal

2015

End User Needs Elicitation for a Full-body Exoskeleton to Assist the Elderly
O'Sullivan, L.W., Power, V., Virk, G., Masud, N., Haider, U., Christensen, S., Bai, S., Cuypers, L., D’Havé, M., Vonck, K.,
Procedia Manufacturing

2014

Human Centred Design Considerations for Connected Health Devices for the Older Adult
Harte, R.P., Glynn, L.G., Broderick, B.J., Rodriguez-Molinero, A., Baker, P.M.A., McGuiness,B., O'Sullivan,L., Diaz, M., Quinlan, L.R., O'Laighin, G.,
Personalised Medicine

Other Publication

2009
2008
2007
2006

Irish Ergonomics Review
O'Sullivan, LW; Chan, S

2004

Irish Ergonomics Review 2004
O'Sullivan, LW; Chan, S

2003
2002

Irish Ergonomics Review 2002
Galway, TJ; Waldmann, T; O'Sullivan, LW

Peer Reviewed Journal

2019

Exoscore: A Design Tool to Evaluate Factors Associated With Technology Acceptance of Soft Lower Limb Exosuits by Older Adults
Shore L.;Power V.;Hartigan B.;Schülein S.;Graf E.;de Eyto A.;O’Sullivan L.
Human factors DOI: 10.1177/0018720819868122

2019

Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy May Be Performed Poorly by Children With Cystic Fibrosis
O'Sullivan K.;Collins L.;McGrath D.;Linnane B.;O'Sullivan L.;Dunne C.
Respiratory Care DOI: 10.4187/respcare.06329

2019

A Single-arm, Practical Application Assessment of User Experience and Peristomal Skin Condition Among Persons With an Ileostomy Using a New Barrier Seal With Assisted Flow
Kelleher K.;Hunt R.;Hannigan A.;Coffey J.;Moloney M.;Ahern M.;Conway E.;O'Sullivan L.
Wound Management &Amp; Prevention

2018

Children With Cystic Fibrosis May Be Performing Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy Incorrectly
O'Sullivan, K.J., Collins, L., McGrath, D., Linnane, B., O'Sullivan, L., Dunne, C.P.
Chest

2018

Foreseeing the microbiology of bespoke 3D printed medical devices.
Dunne, C.P., O’Sullivan, K.J., O’Sullivan, L., Linnane, B., O’Connell, N.H.
Journal Of Hospital Infection DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.03.011

2018

Assessment of an active industrial exoskeleton to aid dynamic lifting and lowering manual handling tasks
Huysamen, K,de Looze, M,Bosch, T,Ortiz, J,Toxiri, S,O'Sullivan, LW
Applied Ergonomics DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2017.11.004

2018

Inhibiting the Physiological Stress Effects of a Sustained Attention Task on Shoulder Muscle Activity
Wixted, F,O'Riordan, C,O'Sullivan, L
International Journal Of Environmental Research And Public Health DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15010115

2018

Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) therapy may be performed poorly by children with CF
O'Sullivan, K.J., Collins, L., McGrath, D., Linnane, B., O'Sullivan, L., Dunne, C.P.
Respiratory Care

2018

Rationale, Implementation and Evaluation of Assistive Strategies for an Active Back-Support Exoskeleton
Toxiri, S; Koopman, AS; Lazzaroni, M; Ortiz, J; Power, V; de Looze, MP; O'Sullivan, L; Caldwell, DG
Frontiers In Robotics And Ai DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2018.00053

2017

Effects of cognitive loading and force on upper trapezius fatigue
Deeney, C,O'Sullivan, LW
Occupational Medicine-Oxford DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqx157

2017

Simulation Architecture for Modelling Interaction Between User and Elbow-articulated Exoskeleton
de Kruif, BJ,Schmidhauser, E,Stadler, KS,O'Sullivan, LW
Journal Of Bionic Engineering DOI: 10.1016/S1672-6529(16)60437-7

2016

Are Irish therapists at heightened risk for low back pain?
Hogan, DAM,O'Sullivan, LW,Nolan, S,Greiner, BA
Occupational Medicine-Oxford DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqw020

2016
2014

Human Centred Design Considerations for Connected Health Devices for the Older Adult
Harte, R.P., Glynn, L.G., Broderick, B.J., Rodriguez-Molinero, A., Baker, P.M.A., McGuiness,B., O'Sullivan,L., Diaz, M., Quinlan, L.R., O'Laighin, G.,
Personalized Medicine

2013

Back pain beliefs among physiotherapists are more positive after biopsychosocially orientated workshops
K O'Sullivan, P O'Sullivan, L O'Sullivan, W Dankaerts
Physiotherapy Practice and Research DOI: 10.3233/PPR-2012-0012

2013
2012

What do physiotherapists consider to be the best sitting spinal posture?
What do physiotherapists consider to be the best sitting spinal posture?
Manual Therapy

2010

The Effects of Force and Exertion Duration on Duty Cycle Time: Implications for Productivity
Finneran, A; O'Sullivan, L
Human Factors And Ergonomics In Manufacturing & Service Industries DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20224

2010

Effect on discomfort of frequency of wrist exertions combined with wrist articulations and forearm rotation
Khan, AA; O'Sullivan, L; Gallwey, TJ
International Journal Of Industrial Ergonomics DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2010.05.003

2010

Psychosocial Risk Exposures and Musculoskeletal Disorders across Working-Age Males and Females
Collins, J; O'Sullivan, L
Human Factors And Ergonomics In Manufacturing & Service Industries DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20220

2010

Force, posture and repetition induced discomfort as a mediator in self-paced cycle time
Finneran, A; O'Sullivan, L
International Journal Of Industrial Ergonomics DOI: 10.1016/j.ergon.2010.01.004

2010

Cybernetic Manufacturing Systems Project-Ergonomics Solutions for Flexible Production Systems
O'Sullivan, L; de Looze, MP
Human Factors And Ergonomics In Manufacturing & Service Industries DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20218

2009
2007

Effects of upper arm articulations on shoulder-arm discomfort profile in a pronation task
Mukhopadhyay P., O'Sullivan L.W., Gallwey T.J.
Occupational Ergonomics

2007

Guideline threshold limit values (TLVs) for discomfort in repetitive assembly work
O'Sullivan, L; Clancy, P
Human Factors And Ergonomics In Manufacturing DOI: 10.1002/hfm.20083

2007

Effects of upper arm articulations on shoulder-arm discomfort profile in a pronation task
Mukhopadhyay P.;O'Sullivan L.;Gallwey T.
Occupational Ergonomics

2003

Workplace injury risk prediction and risk reduction software for the non Ergonomist
O'Sullivan, LW; Gallwey, TJ
European Series In Industrial Management

2002

Effects of gender and reach distance on risks of musculoskeletal injuries in an assembly task
O'Sullivan, LW; Gallwey, TJ
International Journal Of Industrial Ergonomics DOI: 10.1016/S0169-8141(01)00049-X

2001

The influence of gender and individual differences on, risks of injury due to layout in assembly work
O'Sullivan, LW; Gallwey, TJ
Proceedings Of The Institution Of Mechanical Engineers Part B-Journal Of Engineering Manufacture DOI: 10.1243/0954405011519114

Published Report

1999

ECOS: Evaluation of controller suites.
Cooke, M; Rognin, L; Fernstrom, M; Bannon, L; O'Sullivan, L