University of Michigan

The University of Michigan
3003 S. State

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1274
(313) 764-4277

Martin, Bernard J.

Associate Professor

Industrial & Operations Engineering



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Bernard Martin

Center for Ergonomics               (see also) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
1205 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2117

Room: G650 IOE

Phone: (734) 763-0189
Fax:     (734) 764-3451

Current interests and expertise

My research is focused on the study of human sensorimotor control systems. Neurophysiological and behavioral approaches are used as complementary means to investigate the role of proprioceptive, exteroceptive, and visual information in the control and regulation of sensorimotor activities (spinal reflexes, force control, postural stability, oculomanual coordination). Vibration-induced perturbations are often used to analyze the functional aspects of the different neurological systems involved in movement control. The occupational aspect of vibration exposure is also of concern in these investigations; current emphasis is on the influence of vibrationvariables on muscle fatigue. Other Areas of investigation include: 1) analysis of motor activities in repetitive tasks involving computer input devices or hand-tools; motor coordination and muscle load pattern are analyzed 3) influence of floor characteristics on leg muscle fatigue and performance; playing and work surfaces are of concern 4) human-machine cooperative control, applications to wheel chairs and other vehicle are investigated 5) quantification of visual fatigue. A combination of classical neurophysiological techniques and mathematical modeling are used in some of the experiments.

Industrial applications

Applications: 1) vibratory environments for operators/workers using vibrating tools or machines or vehicles 2) design of workstation and computer input devices 3) reduction of fatigue

Interested in supporting the development of an invention?
Dynamic lumbar Support Seating System

Key terms

Psychophysiology, Neurosensory physiology, Human performance, Sensorimotor control systems, Vibration exposure, force control, muscle fatigue, Visual fatigue, upper limb disorders, cooperative control

Selected publications


  • IOE 533
  • IOE 636
  • Recent sponsored activity

  • Vibration, oculomanual coordination & traumatic injuries, (National Intitute for Occupational Safety and Health), 05/01/92 - 08/31/94
  • Ergonomics and Powered Hand Tools, (National Center for Manufacturing Sciences), 01/12/95 - 10/13/95.
  • Investigation of relaibility, variability and sensitivity of methods to quantify muscle load during keyboard work, (The Johns Hopkins University), 01/01/96 - 12/31/96
  • Comparison of sport playing surfaces, (Clean Washington Center - SATECH),
  • Memberships

  • Neuroscience Association
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Previous positions

  • Associate Research Scientist, Institut National de Recherche et Securite, 1981-1990
  • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, 1984-1985
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1980-1981
  • Languages

  • Native: French
  • Other: Italian, Provencal, Niçois
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