Biography of Dr. Krystyna Gielo-Perczak

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Dr.Gielo-Perczak obtained a M.Sc. (with Honours) in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology, followed by visiting scientist position affiliated with Biomechanics and Prosthetics Design Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Before joining University of Connecticut Dr. Gielo-Perczak worked in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she conducted research, taught and advised in major qualifying projects in the areas of biomechanics, prosthetics and ergonomics. Before WPI, Dr. Gielo-Perczak worked as a scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Health in Hopkinton, MA, USA. Dr. Gielo-Perczak gained academic experience and mentored the students by serving as a faculty member or visiting lecturer at several universities, including the Technical University of Warsaw, the University of Toronto (Canada), Victoria University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), the University of Oregon (Eugene), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, she worked at the University of Waterloo as a Technical Director of Gait Laboratory.

Dr. Gielo-Perczak crosses the boundaries of many scientific approaches and areas. Her research interests are modelling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, shoulder complex, control theory and the systems approach seen in the context of preventing musculoskeletal injuries. Also, Dr. Gielo-Perczak is interested in modelling and simulation of neuro-ecological control of human environments. She proposes inclusion of affordance-, emotion-, and intuition- based models of human performance, namely: learning, adaptive and tuning control, respectively. Her new proposed framework is not a predictive model of the operator behavior, but rather it describes the processes of neuro-ecological control of the human environment. Dr. Gielo-Perczak combines the above aspects into designing lower extremity exoskeletons and upper extremity rehabilitative devices.  Dr. Gielo-Perczak is an author of 25 refereed original journal papers, 69 proceeding articles and abstracts, and 7 chapters and reviews.

Dr.Gielo-Perczak has been a Biomch-L Forum co-moderator since 1991( Over the last 4 years Dr.Gielo-Perczak served as a member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Biomechanics ( Currently, she serves as a chair of The Individual Differences in Performance Technical Group in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (

Dr. Gielo-Perczak is as a member of the Editorial Board of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science,  Work, A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation and member of the Editorial Board  of Issues of Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Neurophysiology and Sport Promotion (IRONS).