Xu Xu

Assistant Professor

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 in Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety where he received best-paper and outstanding scientific contribution award multiple times.

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 37 journal articles on the aforementioned research topics. He has also served as a research advisor for three postdoctoral research fellows.

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Ph.D. 2008

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering

NC State University

MSIE 2006

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering

NC State University

BSIE 2004

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

Tsinghua University

Research Description

Human factors and ergonomics engineering, occupational biomechanics, optimization-based biomechanical modelling, data mining on human motion data, occupational musculoskeletal injury prevention.


An entropy-assisted musculoskeletal shoulder model
Xu, X., Lin, J. H., & McGorry, R. W. (2017), Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 33, 103-110.
Evaluation of regression-based 3-D shoulder rhythms
Xu, X., Dickerson, C. R., Lin, J. H., & McGorry R. W. (2016), Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 29, 28-33.
Hip and knee net joint moments that correlate with success in lateral load transfers over a low friction surface
Catena, R. D., & Xu, X. (2016), Ergonomics, , 1-9.
Ergonomic evaluation of standard and alternative pallet jack handless
Harris-Adamson, C., Mielke, A., Xu, X., & Lin, J. (2016), International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 54, 113-119.
Effects of Working Environment Factors and Operator Experience on Upper Extremity Mechanical Properties During Powered Hand Tool Use
Xu, X., & Lin. J. (2015), IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 3(2), 81-90.
Age-related differences in inter-joint coordination during stair walking transitions
Chiu, S. L., Chang, C. C., Dennerlein, J. T., & Xu, X. (2015), Gait & Posture, 42(2), 152-157.
Using horizontal heel displacement to identify heel strike instants in normal gait
Banks, J. J., Chang, W. R., Xu, X., & Chang, C. C. (2015), Gait & Posture, 42(1), 101-103.
Accuracy of the Microsoft Kinect for measuring gait parameters during treadmill walking
Xu, X., McGorry, R. W., Chou L. S., Lin, J. H., & Chang, C. C. (2015), Gait & Posture, 42(2), 145-151.
The accuracy of the Oculus Rift virtual reality head-mounted display during cervical spine mobility measurement
Xu, X., Chen, K. B., Lin, J. H., & Radwin, R. G. (2015), Journal of Biomechanics, 48(4), 721-724.
Evaluation of older driver head functional range of motion using portable immersive virtual reality
Chen, K. B., Xu, X., Lin, J. H., & Radwin, R. G. (2015), Experimental Gerontology, 70, 150-156.

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