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Xu Xu | Assistant Professor

Xu Xu

Associate Professor
(919) 512-7205
4351 Fitts-Woolard Hall
Ph.D. North Carolina State University, 2008
M.S. North Carolina State University, 2006
B.S. Tsinghua University, 2004

Prior to joining the NC State faculty, Xu Xu started his career as a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Public Health at Harvard University. From there he became a research scientist at Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety where he received best paper and outstanding scientific contribution awards. His research interests are generally in the areas of biomechanical modeling, optimization, simulation and data mining with respect to human daily activities to promote workplace and at-home injury prevention and driving safety. Xu has published more than forty journal articles on the aforementioned research topics.

Karen Chen | Assistant Professor

Karen Chen

Associate Professor
(919) 515-6403
4349 Fitts-Woolard Hall
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
MS University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010
BS University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

Karen Chen’s research studies human performances and uses human factors and ergonomics frameworks as the foundation. She also implements technologies such as virtual reality to explore potentials in improving the health and safety of various populations. She has investigated the use of virtual reality to understand its utility for ranges of motion rehabilitation of chronic pain patients. Besides research, she also offers courses in Human-Computer Interface, Human Factors in Systems Design, Musculoskeletal Health, and Special Topics in Technology and Healthcare Applications.