Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Graduate Student, Living Environments Laboratory

Education

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison

About

Karen Chen’s area of specialization is in human biomechanics and ergonomics, and she is interested in home health care improvement from an ergonomics perspective for the aging and the disabled population. The past research for her M.S. degree involved tennis elbow patients’ upper extremity function and disabled users performance when interacting with touch screens. She is also currently affiliated with the University’s Trace Research and Development Center, involving website usability evaluation for cancer patients’ workplace ergonomics and symptom improvement strategies. Her previous work in the Living Environments Lab involved the Virtual Box Project. Current active projects include user force exertions and muscle activity in virtual reality (Virtual Exertions) and rehabilitation in virtual reality.”

Research Description

Her area of specialization is in human biomechanics and ergonomics, and she is interested in home health care improvement from an ergonomics perspective for the aging and the disabled population. The past research for her M.S. degree involved tennis elbow patients’ upper extremity function and disabled users performance when interacting with touch screens. She is also currently affiliated with the University’s Trace Research and Development Center, involving in website usability evaluation for cancer patients’ workplace ergonomics and health care improvement strategies. The current research in the Living Environments Lab is a Virtual Exertions Project that investigates the use of electromyography, force exertions, and natural gesture to interaction and control virtual objects.