Tilak Dutta

Tilak Dutta | Assistant Professor
PhD (Toronto)

Main Appointments

  • Scientist & Team Lead, Home & Community Team, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), University Health Network

Additional Appointments

  • Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

Contact Information

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
550 University Avenue, Room 12-173
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2A2 Canada

+1 416 597-3422, extension 7956 (office)
tilak.dutta@uhn.ca (email)
TRI Home And Community Team (web)


Research Theme

Research Areas

The objective of Dr. Tutta’s team is to develop better tools to support successful aging in our own homes.

Tilak’s primary interest is preventing injuries in caregivers through the development of improved patient lifting devices, caregiver education/coaching systems and changing how care is delivered.

Other interests include fall prevention for older adults through improved footwear slip-resistance testing and development of footwear outsole materials that perform better on ice and snow.

Tilak’s team designs, builds, tests, refines and commercializes these tools in collaboration with commercial partners and policy makers. The process involves iteratively testing prototypes in simulation labs, often with older adults as participants.

Select Publications

Hsu J, Li Y, Dutta T, and Fernie G, 2015. Maximum achievable inclines for footwear while walking on icy slopes and cross-slopes. Applied Ergonomics, 50: 218-225.

Rizvi R, Naguib H, Fernie G and Dutta T, 2015. High friction on ice provided by elastomeric fiber composites with textured surfaces. Appied Physics Letters, 106(11): 11-16.

Dutta T, Fernie GR, 2014. Outcomes rather than outputs: Collaborative closed-loop design and commercialization. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship, 1(1): 9-14.

Hsu J, Shaw R, Li Y, Novak A, Dutta T, Ormerod M, Newton R, and Fernie G, 2014. Slip resistance of winter footwear on snow and ice measured using maximum achievable incline. Ergonomics, in-press.

Dutta T, Holliday, PJ, Gorski SM, Baharvandy MS, Fernie GR, 2014. A biomechanical assessment of sling insertion using one or two caregivers for patient transfers. Applied Ergonomics, accepted with minor revsions.

Dutta T, 2012. Evaluation of the KinectTM sensor for 3-D kinematic measurement in the workplace. Applied Ergonomics, 43, 645-649.

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