Principal Investigator

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Suman K. Chowdhury

Dr. Chowdhury is the director of the Human Performance and Neuroengineering Lab (HPNL) in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University.  To learn more about him, please click here--

Welcome to Human Performance and Neuroengineering Laboratory!

-From Intention to Action!

Objectives:

 

The primary goal of the Human Performance and Neuroengineering Laboratory (HPNEL) is to (1) study the designs of products, tools, and occupational tasks in order to reduce both traumatic and non-traumatic injuries to human brain and other body parts and (2) to investigate mechano-physiological mechanisms of neuromusculoskeletal injuries and disability in order to identify causal factors and prevention and treatment protocols. Our expertise lies in computational and experimental biomechanics, neuromuscular fatigue modeling, personalized musculoskeletal modeling, brain wave analysis, computer-aided design, finite element analysis, and human factors engineering.

Approach:

Research at the HPNEL includes experimental, theoretical (mathematical modeling), and in-silico simulation approaches to study the human brain, muscle functions, mobility, and visual perception.  The experimental techniques include biodynamic and neurophysical measurement methods.  The theoretical approach includes population-specific mathematical modeling of neuromuscular, brain cognitive function, and visual responses of human interactions.  The simulation approach focuses on 'what-if' finite-element and OpenSim computer simulations to understand both mechano-physiological and neural effects in order to derive effective design methodology as well as injury prevention and intervention strategies.

Facilities:

 

The HPNEL houses many state-of-the-art facilities including a motion capture system, biopotential sensors, immersive technology (virtual reality), a 3-DOF driving simulator, a 32-channel electroencephalogram (EEG)16-channel surface electromyography (EMG), flexible electrocardiogram (EKG) sensors, isokinetic strength measurement system, 3D scanner, treadmill, helmet impact testing setup, helmet roll-off testing setup, eye-tracking system, force plates, and hand and back isometric strength measurement systems.  The majority of these biodynamic and neurophysical measurement systems can be both physically and digitally synchronized to conduct human subject studies in both physical and virtual settings.