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Amitava Halder

PhD Student in Ergonomics / Work Environment Technology, specializing in work physiology and kinesiology. Trained sports physiotherapist.

Overall aim of the studies: To explore the constraints on human physical work capacity from physical, biomechanical and environmental challenges in order to minimize risks and to improve health and performance in working and daily life.

The working title of the PhD thesis is: Physical work capacity and biomechanical aspects in challenging environments.

The research explores how physical work performance and health are affected by challenging situations, environmental factors, age and gender. The intention is to understand the physical limitations, and to prevent accidents and injuries in different occupational settings and in society. Specifically, energy costs, muscle fatigue, physiological demands on ascending stairs, and the thermal environmental and biomechanical factors during gait and stair climbing will be studied. The specific objectives of my research are:

  • To investigate physiological limitations and to evaluate energy costs during ascending evacuation in high-rise buildings and on a stair machine.
  • To compare muscle fatigue characteristics induced by different intensities of stair climbing on a stair machine in thermo-neutral and cold environments using muscle electromyography.  
  • To study the effects of muscle fatigue on gait biomechanics and slipping and falling risks by using muscle electromyography, along with motion and force analyses on inclined and slippery walkways.

My current research focuses on real-life stairway evacuation situations. The novelty of this research is to determine the evacuation capacity by means of measurements and analyses of physiological parameters including oxygen consumption and muscle activity, and to identify the dominant limiting factors during ascending evacuation.

The research is being carried out at the Thermal Environment Laboratory at EAT, and partly at the Department of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University. 

Since completing my education in physiotherapy leading to a Bachelor’s Degree, I have been passionate about studying human physiological responses, biomechanics and performance in extreme conditions. I am fascinated by environmental physiology and temperature regulation including heat and cold, physical endurance and muscle performance. I have made a transition in my career from working as a sports physiotherapist for the Bangladesh Cricket Board to becoming a researcher in the above mentioned fields. A step in this process was to complete a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine at Lund University in 2012. I also have a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine in the Cyriax approach from Belgium, awarded by the European Teaching Group of Orthopaedic Medicine (ETGOM). My main research supervisor is Associate Professor Chuansi Gao and co-supervisors are Associate Professors Kalev Kuklane and Michael Miller at Lund University. My desire is to contribute to ergonomics and exercise physiology.

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Amitava Halder
Doctoral Student

Phone: +46 46 222 80 05
Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology

Department of Design Sciences
Faculty of Engineering LTH
Lund University
Box 118, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Sölvegatan 26, Lund, Sweden

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