Biography

Leonard O'Sullivan is Professor (personal chair) of human factors and ergonomics in the School of Design, and a Funded Investigator (Confirm Smart Manufacturing Centre) of the Rapid Innovation Unit with University Hospital Limerick. 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 Fellow, Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (UK)
  • Member, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Fellow, Fellow Irish Human Factors and 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 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society,

Education

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

Consultancy

  • Medicolegal - Investigation of human factors and ergonomics in human/product system interaction.

Language

  • German

Books

Ergonomics Laboratory Exercises,

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
Taylor and Francis-CRC Press
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Book Chapters

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Edited Books

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Discomfort/Pain and Tissue Oxygenation at the Lower Limb During Circumferential Compression: Application to Soft Exoskeleton Design

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2020
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Effects of cognitive loading and force on upper trapezius fatigue

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Workplace injury risk prediction and risk reduction software for the non Ergonomist

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Shoulder Muscle Loading and Task Performance at Head Level on Ladders versus Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Effect on discomfort of frequency of wrist exertions combined with wrist articulations and forearm rotation

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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Psychosocial Risk Exposures and Musculoskeletal Disorders across Working-Age Males and Females

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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The effect of a backrest and seatpan inclination on sitting discomfort and trunk muscle activation in subjects with extension-related low back pain

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Effects of combined wrist deviation and forearm rotation on discomfort score

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
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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

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2019
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Exoscore: A Design Tool to Evaluate Factors Associated With Technology Acceptance of Soft Lower Limb Exosuits by Older Adults

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2019
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Are Irish therapists at heightened risk for low back pain?

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2016
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Back pain beliefs among physiotherapists are more positive after biopsychosocially orientated workshops

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2012
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The effect of dynamic sitting on trunk muscle activation: A systematic review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2013
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Force, posture and repetition induced discomfort as a mediator in self-paced cycle time

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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Work related psychosocial risks and musculoskeletal disorders: Potential risk factors, causation and evaluation methods

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
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The effect of manual handling training on transferring knowledge, employee's behaviour change and subsequent reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Upper limb discomfort profile due to intermittent isometric pronation torque at different postural combinations of the shoulder-arm system

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
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Ranking the effects of cycle time parameters, shoulder posture and load, on shoulder discomfort in a single experiment using Taguchi methods

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Does Using a Chair Backrest or Reducing Seated Hip Flexion Influence Trunk Muscle Activity and Discomfort? A Systematic Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2015
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Simulation Architecture for Modelling Interaction Between User and Elbow-articulated Exoskeleton

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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The influence of gender and individual differences on, risks of injury due to layout in assembly work

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2001
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A medical hand tool physical interaction evaluation approach for prototype testing using patient care simulators

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2012
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What do physiotherapists consider to be the best sitting spinal posture?

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2012
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Guideline threshold limit values (TLVs) for discomfort in repetitive assembly work

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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The effect of a backrest and seat pan inclination on sitting discomfort and trunk muscle activation in subjects with extension-related low back pain

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2014
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The between-day and inter-rater reliability of a novel wireless system to analyse lumbar spine posture

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Mr. Richard Cotterell
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2011
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Rationale, Implementation and Evaluation of Assistive Strategies for an Active Back-Support Exoskeleton

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
LAUSANNE
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Does using a chair backrest or reducing seated hip flexion influence trunk muscle activity and discomfort: A systematic review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2015
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Design and Evaluation of a Soft Assistive Lower Limb Exoskeleton

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2019
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Upper-limb surface electro-myography at maximum supination and pronation torques: The effect of elbow and forearm angle

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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The moderating role of end-tidal CO2 on upper trapezius muscle activity in response to sustained attention

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Can we reduce the effort of maintaining a neutral sitting posture?

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Amanda Clifford
2012
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Effects of upper arm articulations on shoulder-arm discomfort profile in a pronation task

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Investigating the effect of real-time spinal postural biofeedback on seated discomfort in people with non-specific chronic low back pain

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2013
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Effects of combined wrist flexion/extension and forearm rotation and two levels of relative force on discomfort

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
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Task engagement as a mediator between the cognitive demands of sustained attention and musculoskeletal complaints: A structural equation modelling approach

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2019
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The reliability of a wireless monitor for measurement of lumbar spine posture

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2009
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Human Centred Design Considerations for Connected Health Devices for the Older Adult

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Prof. Liam Glynn
2014
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Upper-limb surface electro-myography at maximum supination and pronation torques: the effect of elbow and forearm angle

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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Musculoskeletal disorder prevalence and psychosocial risk exposures by age and gender in a cohort of office based employees in two academic institutions

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Towards monitoring lumbo-pelvic posture in real-life situations: Concurrent validity of a novel posture monitor and a traditional laboratory-based motion analysis system

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Mr. Richard Cotterell
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2012
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Effects of upper arm articulations on shoulder-arm discomfort profile in a pronation task

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Specific flexion-related low back pain and sitting: comparison of seated discomfort on two different chairs

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2013
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Preschool children's social pretend play: supporting the development of metacommunication, metacognition and self-regulation

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2012
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Computerized Cuff Pressure Algometry as Guidance for Circumferential Tissue Compression for Wearable Soft Robotic Applications: A Systematic Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2018
New York, USA
Mary Ann Libert Inc.
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Perceptions of sitting posture among members of the community, both with and without non-specific chronic low back pain

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2013
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Cognitive functional therapy for disabling non-specific chronic low back pain: A multiple case cohort study

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2015
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Circumferential tissue compression at the lower limb during walking, and its effect on discomfort, pain and tissue oxygenation: Application to soft exoskeleton design

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2020
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Effects of grip type and wrist posture on forearm EMG activity, endurance time and movement accuracy

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2013
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Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
Dr. Amanda Clifford
2010
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Foreseeing the microbiology of bespoke 3D printed medical devices.

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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The effect of dynamic sitting on the prevention and management of low back pain and low back discomfort: a systematic review.

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2012
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Play as learning: implications for educators and parents from findings of a national evaluation of school readiness in Ireland

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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Back pain beliefs among physiotherapists are more positive after biopsychosocially orientated workshops

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2013
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Cognitive Functional Therapy for Disabling Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain: Multiple Case-Cohort Study

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2015
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Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy May Be Performed Poorly by Children With Cystic Fibrosis

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2019
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Inhibiting the Physiological Stress Effects of a Sustained Attention Task on Shoulder Muscle Activity

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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Using personas to exploit environmental attitudes and behaviour in sustainable product design

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2019
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Estimating upper limb discomfort level due to intermittent isometric pronation torque with various combinations of elbow angles, forearm rotation angles, force and frequency with upper arm at 90 degrees abduction

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Cybernetic Manufacturing Systems Project-Ergonomics Solutions for Flexible Production Systems

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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Exoskeletons for industrial application and their potential effects on physical work load

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2016
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Lumbar posture and trunk muscle activation during static and dynamic seated tasks on a novel dynamic ergonomic chair

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2012
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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

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Technology Acceptance and User-Centred Design of Assistive Exoskeletons for Older Adults: A Commentary

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2018
BASEL
MDPI
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Relationship Between Interface Pressures and Pneumatic Cuff Inflation Pressure at Different Assessment Sites of the Lower Limb to Aid Soft Exoskeleton Design

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2020
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Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) therapy may be performed poorly by children with CF

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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Children With Cystic Fibrosis May Be Performing Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure Therapy Incorrectly

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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Assessment of an active industrial exoskeleton to aid dynamic lifting and lowering manual handling tasks

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2018
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Effects of gender and reach distance on risks of musculoskeletal injuries in an assembly task

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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The Effects of Force and Exertion Duration on Duty Cycle Time: Implications for Productivity

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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Self-selected duty cycle times for grip force, wrist flexion postures and three grip types

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Forearm torque strengths and discomfort profiles in pronation and supination

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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Safety and Risk Management in Designing for the Lifecycle of an Exoskeleton: A Novel Process Developed in the Robo-Mate Project

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Other Journals

Safety and Risk Management in Designing for the Lifecycle of an Exoskeleton: A Novel Process Developed in the Robo-Mate Project

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Human Centred Design Considerations for Connected Health Devices for the Older Adult

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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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

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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End User Needs Elicitation for a Full-body Exoskeleton to Assist the Elderly

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Conference Publications

INTED2011: 5TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2011
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User Centered Design and Usability of Bionic Devices

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2017
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PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Irish Manufacturing Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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International Conference on Computer-Aided Ergonomics and Safety

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
1999
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MSD prevalence and psychological risk exposure in Irish industry

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2008
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IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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VOCATIONAL ERGONOMICS SKILLS IN HUMAN ROBOT COLLABORATION

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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XoSoft - A Vision for a Soft Modular Lower Limb Exoskeleton

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2017
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9th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2016
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PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Irish Ergonomics Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Irish Ergonomics Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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MSD 2000 Managing workplace injuries: an ergonomic approach

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2000
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QUALITY OF WORK AND PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISES OF THE FUTURE

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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High Value Manufacturing: Advanced Research in Virtual and Rapid Prototyping - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advanced Research and Rapid Prototyping, VR@P 2013

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Safety and risk management in designing for the lifecycle of an exoskeleton: A novel process developed in the Robo-Mate project

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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The Potential and Acceptance of Exoskeletons in Industry

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Health Medicine

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2008
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PREMUS: Prevention of Musuloskeletal Disorders

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Irish Ergonomics Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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International Annual Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2001
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QUALITY OF WORK AND PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISES OF THE FUTURE

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Contemporary Ergonomics 2007

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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End user needs elicitation for a full-body exoskeleton to assist the elderly

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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Active Safety Functions for Industrial Lower Body Exoskeletons: Concept and Assessment

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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World Physical Therapy

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Irish Ergonomics Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Computers in Industrial Engineering

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2001
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Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2001
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Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2001
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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

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2015
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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2016
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Irish Psychological Society

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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IEA Triennial Congress, ISSN 0003-69870.

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2000
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Human Aspects in Advance Manufacturing And Hybrid Automation

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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2nd International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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INTEGRATING HUMAN ASPECTS IN PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2011
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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2018
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Irish Manufacturing Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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EUMASS Congress

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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Ergonomica no Gestao pela Qualidade (Quality in Ergonomics)

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2000
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Proceedings of Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing And Hybrid Automation: HAAMAHA 2004

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2004
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Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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CONTEMPORARY ERGONOMICS 2007

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING, VOL 1

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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AN ERGONOMIC PERFORMANCE PREDICTION MODEL (ERGO PRO-PREDICT)

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2011
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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2016
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Irish Manufacturing Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2005

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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Proceedings of Prevention of Workrelated Musculoskeletal Disorders: PREMUS 2004

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2004
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APERGO 2004

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2004
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Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2002
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MACP Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Kieran O'Sullivan
2009
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HIGH VALUE MANUFACTURING: ADVANCED RESEARCH IN VIRTUAL AND RAPID PROTOTYPING

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Reflex Response Modelling of Exoskeleton-User Interaction

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2017
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Wearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends. WeRob 2018. Biosystems & Biorobotics

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2019
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Irish Manufacturing Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2005

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2005
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15th International Conference on Production Research

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
1999
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Contemporary Ergonomics, Proceeding of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
1999
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Irish Manufacturing Conference 21

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2004
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9th European Conference on eLearning 2010, ECEL 2010

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2010
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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

ECOS: Evaluation of controller suites.

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
1999
Limerick
University of Limerick
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Editorials

Technology Acceptance and User-Centred Design of Assistive Exoskeletons for Older Adults: A Commentary

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Adam De Eyto
2018
BASEL
MDPI
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Book Reviews

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Other Publications

Irish Ergonomcis Review 2008

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2008
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2007

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2007
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Irish Ergonomics Review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2006
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2002

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
Dr. Thomas Waldmann
2002
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2003

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2003
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2004

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2004
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The effect of manual handling training on achieving training transfer, employee's behaviour change and subsequent reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2014
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Irish Ergonomics Review 2009

Dr. Leonard O'Sullivan
2009
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