Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo, East Campus 4, Room 2001
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
519-888-4567 Ext 32732
Assistive Robotics and Rehabilitation Engineering
Clinical problem solving, reasoning, and decision making
Cognitive methodologies for the analysis of human computer interaction, knowledge acquisition, and medical expertise
Cognitive aspects of computerized clinical practice guidelines
[Waterloo News] September 25, 2018 "Virtual reality motion sickness may be predicted and counteracted"
[ScienceDaily] December 15, 2018 "Aging warps our perception of time, study finds"
[Record] October 12, 2017 "Aging slows perception of falls: UW study"
CBB Founder and NSERC CREATE program lead
[Office of Research] May 22, 2018, CBB Executive Director reappointed for third term
[YouTube] February 5, 2010 "Research Profile: Catherine Burns"
My research program combines a fundamental in-vitro research approach, examining the time varying response of the lumbar spine tissues, with in-vivo human research, examining biological responses to cumulative loading exposure from both pain generating and tissue altering/injuring perspectives. Work in my laboratories involves developing approaches to assess workplace cumulative loading exposure and injury in conjunction with in-vitro tissue mechanics studies investigating the injury pathways from repetitive loading. Currently, quantifying the influence of modifiers such as repetition and magnitude of exposure to establish the relationship between cumulative loading and low back pain is a major focus in my research. This knowledge will complement existing epidemiological data, linking cumulative loading and low back pain, for setting exposure limits and helping to prevent low back injuries.
Human factors and cognitive ergonomics (driving, healthcare, aerospace
Human performance and mental workload modeling, cognitive modeling
Human-computer interaction, interface evaluation and design
Controlled experiments, discrete event simulation, computational modeling
Perception, decision making, skill learning, fatigue
Wearable devices, environment-aware devices
Orthopaedic biomechanics (ACL, knee mechanics)
Biomedical device design
CBB Executive Director
Canada Research Chair in Shoulder Mechanics [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[Waterloo News] February 19, 2019 "How to make the push-up work for you"
[Waterloo Stories] October 7, 2013 "Reducing shoulder injuries in the workplace"
Discovering biomechanical determinants of occupational performance
Advancing functional capacity evaluation
Advancing digital human modeling
Inform better, safer products
[Waterloo Stories] August 31, 2020 "Pandemic isolation increases acceptance of robot companions"
[Waterloo Chronicle] August 31, 2020 "People are now willing to accept social robots as companions due to COVID-19 isolation: University of Waterloo study"
[Cheriton School of Computer Science News] August 29, 2019 "Moojan Ghafurian, Kerstin Dautenhahn and Jesse Hoey awarded funding to develop emotionally intelligent robots to help people with dementia"
[ACM Technews] May 21, 2019 "Making AI More Human"
[Semiconductor Engineering] May 28, 2019 "Crocheted robots; humanizing AI agents; training autonomous control systems"
[Cheriton School of Computer Science News] May 21, 2019 "Moojan Ghafurian, Neil Budnarain and Jesse Hoey make AI more human"
[Therapy Toronto News] October 22, 2018 "Study suggests faster countdowns may make people more patient"
[Education News Canada] May 22, 2019 "Making AI more human is key to widespread acceptance"
[CBB researcher story] July 29, 2015 "Image processing to automate early glaucoma diagnosis"
[Waterloo News] August 19, 2015 "Wearable technologies will improve stroke rehabilitation"
[Waterloo Stories] February 4, 2014 "Finding your way after a stroke"
[MaRS] April 26, 2018 "UbiLab team wins Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge"
[YouTube] October 11, 2018 "DualPanto: A Haptic Device that Enables Blind Users to Continuously Interact with Virtual Worlds"
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.