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DE, AMITABHA

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Kolkata University, West Bengal, India)

Professor and Coordinator
TIFAC CORE NITIE,
Industrial Safety & Environment Group

Area of Expertise

    • Ergonomics and human factors engineering
      • Occupational ergonomics; workplace design, biomechanics and manual material handling
      • Office ergonomics and office furniture
      • School and developmental ergonomics
      • Ergonomics of women at work and at home
      • Ergonomics of executive work and work stress
      • Physical working environment
      • Human factors in technology management.
    • Human Physiology
    • Work study and work systems design
    • Organization & methods
    • Industrial safety management

Projects

  Research interest
    • Occupational ergonomics: workplace design, biomechanics and manual material handling.
    • Office ergonomics and office furniture.
    • School and developmental ergonomics
    • Ergonomics of women at work and at home.
    • Human factors in technology management.
    • Ergonomics of executive work and work stress
    • Physical working environment
  • Sponsored Research Projects Completed
    • "Ergonomics and Occupational Health Oriented Work Organization in Indian, Agricultural Work": sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Government of India (as a Research Fellow).
    • "An Expert System on Industrial Safety": jointly with Professor Atanu Rakshit, Professor, NITIE, sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (under Modernization Scheme), Rs. 8.00 Lakhs)
    • "Modernization and Up-gradation of Ergonomics Laboratory": sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, under Modernization Scheme (Rs. 6.00 Lakhs).
    • "Ergonomic Evaluation of Modern Office Systems": a joint Research Project with Tata InfoTech Limited, Mumbai (Rs. 1.4 Lakhs).
    • "Bench Marking of Industrial Safety Management Systems of India": Sponsored by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India, under Industry Institute Partnership Programme (Rs.70, 000.00).
    • "Development of Anthropometry Database of Indian White Collar Employees": Sponsored by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India, under Industry Institute Partnership Programme (Rs.1.2 Lakhs).
    • "An Ergonomic Study of Executive Work and Work Stress": Sponsored by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India, under R & D Scheme (Rs. 5.00 Lakhs).
  • On-Going Sponsored Research Projects
    • "Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) Center of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering (CEEHFE) - TIFAC-CORE NITIE" a joint programme of NITIE and TIFAC- DST (Rs. 260.00 Lakhs).
    • "A Study of Ergonomics of School Classroom" - Rs. 4.00 Lakhs through CEEHFE -TIFAC project fund.
    • "Ergonomic Study of Modern Office System Furniture and Related Problems":- Rs. 4.00 Lakhs through CEEHFE -TIFAC project fund.
    • "An Ergonomic Intervention Programme of Male Workers Engaged in Jewellery Manufacturing" - Rs. 3.00 Lakhs through CEEHFE -TIFAC project fund.
    • "The Development of Ergonomic Toolbox with Reference to Technology Transfer in Developing Countries" Sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India under R & D Scheme- Rs. 10.00 Lakhs
    • "An Ergonomic Intervention Programme of Women Employees Engaged in Jewellery Manufacturing": Sponsored by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under Science and Society Scheme - Rs. 9.92 Lakhs
  • Institutional project
    • "A Preliminary Ergonomics Study on Tea-plucking Operation" (1980); The study was carried out in collaboration with Tocklai Experimental Station, Jorhat, Assam, The study aimed at determining work load, work method, environmental load on the workers and the relationships with productivity. (One of the team members).
    • "A Preliminary Ergonomics Study on Railway Track Maintenance Staff - with Special Emphasis on Design of Railway Track Tools" (1980); the study was partially sponsored by RDSO, Lucknow, Indian Railways. The study aimed at determining workload, work method, work tools and environmental load on the workers and the relationships with productivity. (One of the team members).
  • Research Student Guidance
    • Bhasin H.V., "Ergonomic considerations for design of workstation for repetitive sedentary task". Thesis is awarded as Fellow of NITIE (equivalent to Ph.D. of any Indian University).

Publications

1. Sen, R.N., De, A. , Ray, G.G., 1978, Studies on workload of some agricultural workers in West Bengal, India, Proc. of Physiology, 65 Session of Indian Science Congress Association.

2. Sen, R.N., Ganguli, A.K., Ray, G.G., De, A. and D. Chakraborty, 1980, A preliminary ergonomic study of tea plucking, Two and a Bud (Tea Research Association), 27, 24-82.

3. Ray, G.G., Sen., R.N., Nag, P.K.,De,A., and S. Basu, 1981, Relationship between segmental weight and whole body weight and volumes of Indians, Journal of Human Ergology (Japan), 10,35-48.

4. Sen, R.N., Ganguli, A.K., Ray, G.G.,De, A. and D. Chakraborty, 1981,Ergonomic study of tea leaves plucking operations: criteria for selection categorization, App. Ergonomics (U.K.), 12, 83-85.

5. Sen, R.N., Ganguli, A.K., De, A. and D. Chakraborty, 1982, An ergonomic assessment of walking speed with selected physiological parameters for work study application in man, Proc. of Physiology 69 session of Indian Science Congress Association, Mysore, India.

6. Sen, R.N., Ganguli, A.K., Ray, G.G.,De, A. and D. Chakraborty, 1983, Ergonomic study of tea plucking operation - workload and environmental studies, Ergonomics (U.K.), 26, 337-893.

7. Sen, R.N.,De, A., Ganguli, A.K., and D. Chakraborty, 1984, Anthropometry in relation to ergonomics of walking for workstudy application in Indian agricultural workers, Ergonomics (U.K.).

8. Sen, R.N. and De, A., 1984, Ergonomic study of sheafing - a task involving paddy cultivation in India, paper presented at the International Symposium of Applied Physiology and Ergonomics, held at Calcutta, 17-19, August 1983, Ind. J. Physiology and Allied Science, 33, 85- 94.

9. De, A.,De, A., 1985, Postures in paddy cultivation in India, paper presented at the 9th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), Bournemouth, U.K., September 2- 6, 1985.

10. De, A.,De, A., 1985,Ergonomic evaluation of working postures at different forward bending positions, paper presented at XXXI annual conference of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI), December, 27-29, 1985.

11. S. Raja and Unni Krishnan, E. and De, A.,De, A., 1986, Problems of noise in industry - the Indian scene, Proc. 28th National Convention of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), at NITIE, Bombay, January 31- February 2 1986.

12. De, A.,De, A. and Sen, R.N., 1986, Ergonomic evaluation of ploughing process in paddy cultivation in India, J. Human Ergology (Japan), 15, 103 - 112.

13. Bhasin, H.V., Kothiyal, K.P. andDe, A., 1988, Changing role of ergonomics in industrial engineering, Proc. 30th National Convention of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), April 14 -17,Visakhapatnam, India.

14. Agarwal, S.M., Vipat, S.C., Divekar, A.Y. , Bhasin, H.V. and De, A., 1988, Ergonomic study of an assembly workstation in a light engineering industry, presented in 3rd National Convention of Indian Institution of Production Engineering, November 25 - 26, 1988.

15. Bhasin, H.V., Kothiyal, K.P. and De, A. ,1988, Workplace design for assembly jobs: a biomechanical analysis. National Conference on Biomechanics, December 17 - 19,1988, I.I.T. Delhi, India. Edited K.B. Sahay & R.K. Saxena, Willey Eastern Ltd., New Delhi.

16. Kothiyal, K.P., Bhasin, H.V. and De, A. ,1989, Application of ergonomic principles to press shop operation in light engineering industry, Work Design and Practice , The Third International Ergonomics Symposium, April, 13 - 20, Zadar, Yugoslavia.

17. Kothiyal, K.P., Bhasin, H.V. &De, A., 1989, Precision manual assembly jobs: biomechanical considerations in workplace design, Work Design and Practice, The Third International Ergonomics Symposium, April, 18 - 20, Zadar, Yugoslavia.

18. De, A. and Bhasin, H.V., 1991, A comparative investigation of forward bending postures under static load, ISE-OH-SE, January 2-6, Mumbai, India.

19. De, A. and R.N. Sen, 1992, A work measurement method for application in Indian agriculture, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics (Netherlands), 10: 285-292.

20. De, A. , 1997,Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP), Hazchem, 97, a Seminar on Storage, Handling and Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals, March 5-6, 1997.

21. De, A., 1998, International ergonomic standards, status of developing countries: an Indian experience, XIII Annual International Occupational Ergonomics & Safety Conference held at Michigan, USA. , June 11-14 1998.

22. De, A., Mogare, T. and Dutta, S., 1999, Indian ergonomic standards - office furniture system - a case study, XIVth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics & Safety Conference held in USA, June, 1999.

23. De, A., Trupti Mogare, Jyotika Saharia and Rahul Walawalkar, 2000, Present scenario of occupational health and ergonomic problems of professional in information technology organizations, 42nd National Convention of Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIIE), September 29 - 30, 2000.

24. Trupti Mogare, Jyotika Saharia and De, A., 2000, Study of the anthropometric dimensions and body composition of professionals in Indian information technology organizations, presented in the "Third Congress of Federation of Indian Physiological Societies" (FIPS), November 24 - 26, 2000.

25. De, A., Jyotika Saharia, Trupti Mogare, Sushil Kumar, 2000, A comparison between indoor air temperature and employees thermal sensation vote in Indian information technology organizations, XII Annual Conference of the Physiological Society of India", December 23 - 24, 2000.

26. Mogare, T., Altekar, C., De, A. , 2001, Ergonomics of modern office systems: an Indian context, Udyog Pragati, Volume 25, 15 - 22.

27. De, A., Altekar, C., Mogare T., Sharma, N., Jain, R. and Savanur, C., 2001, An ergonomic study of Indian school classrooms, paper presented in International Congress on Humanizing Work and Work Environment, December 11-14, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.

28. De, A., Mutakekar, M. V. and Sharma, D. 2002. Human factor (ergonomics) issues of women employees engaged in jewellery manufacturing in India, paper presented in 44th National Convention of Indian Institute of Industrial Engineers, November 22 - 23, Mumbai, India.

29. R. Walawalkar, Dr. De, T., Mogare, and Saharia, J., 2002, Effect of efficient lighting on ergonomic aspect of modern IT Offices, Proceedings of the International Right Light 5 conference, France, May 2002.

30. R. Walawalkar, Dr. Amitabha De, Trupti Virkar, and Sarita Walawalkar, 2003, Human factors in energy management, Proceedings of World Energy Engineering Congress, USA, November 2003.

31. De, A., 2003,Ergo-standards in office furniture, paper presented in Ergo - Office 2003 - a National Workshop, December 2003, Mumbai, India.

32. Manna I., Mutakekar, M.V., Sharma, D. and Dr. Amitabha De, 2003, An ergonomic study of workers engaged in jewellery manufacturing in India, The paper presented in 54th National Conference of Indian Association of Occupational Health, January, 22 - 25 2004, Kochi, India.

Teaching and Training

  • Teaching, Research and Consultancy Experience

    • (Total Teaching and Research Experience: 26 years.)
      • Lecturer (teaching B.Sc. (Hons) in Physiology), Vidyasagar College, Kolkata, 1977
      • Research Scholar (ICMR and UGC Research Fellow), Kolkata University, 1977 to 1982
      • Teacher, R. S. Vidyalaya, Nalpur, Howrah, West Bengal, India, 1983 -1984
      • Lecturer, NITIE, Mumbai, 1984 to 1986.
      • Assistant Professor, NITIE, Mumbai, 1986 to 1989.
      • Associate Professor, NITIE, Mumbai, 1989 to 1993.
      • Professor, NITIE, Mumbai, from 1993 - todate.
  • Teaching and Training Subjects
    • PG Programme
      • Industrial ergonomics
      • Human factors in engineering and design
      • Physical working environment
      • SHE audit systems, ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000
      • SHE standards and legislations
      • Work systems design
      • Human physiology
      • Job evaluation and incentive schemes
      • Business process reengineering
    • MDP/UBP
      • Human factors engineering
      • Industrial ergonomics
      • Work study
      • Work systems design
      • Work measurement
      • Organization & methods
      • Industrial safety management
      • Industrial hazard & risk management
      • Ergonomics of manual material handling
    • Courses/ Curriculum Developed
      • Responsible for the development of curriculum titled "Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Safety and Environmental Management (PGDISEM)" M. Tech. level programme approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India. The Programme is successfully launched by NITIE.
      • Responsible for the development of curriculum titled "Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design and Human Factors (PGDIDH)", M. Tech. level programme approved by NITIE Board of Governors. Academic Council of NITIE is reviewing the Programme.
      • Chairman, Syllabus Committee for formulation of curriculum for Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Management (PGDHCM).
    • Contribution to the Institute
      • Enlistment of Postgraduate Programmes of NITIE in the academic programme list of International Ergonomics Association (IEA).
      • Establishment of Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE) in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering (CEEHFE) - TIFAC-CORE NITIE through TIFAC (DST), Government of India, under Technology Mission 2020. Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the then Principal Scientific Advisor alongwith the Mission REACH of Technology Mission 2020 inaugurated the TIFAC CORE NITIE.
      • Establishment of Center of Excellence in Ergonomics and Human Factors Engineering (CEEHFE) as a major area of development under long-term perspective plan of the Institute and augmentation of the facilities and infrastructure accordingly. The budgetary provisions of Physical Ergonomic Laboratory have increased from Rs.10, 000.00 in 1997-98, (the year, I took charge) to Rs. 170.00 Lakhs in 2003-2004 and Rs. 250.00 Lakhs in 2004-2005.
      • Responsible for the development of curriculum titled "Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Safety and Environmental Management (PGDISEM)" a management programme approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), Government of India. The Programme is successfully launched by NITIE.
      • Responsible for the development of curriculum titled "Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design and Human Factors (PGDIDH)", M. Tech level programme approved by NITIE Board of Governors. Academic Council of NITIE is reviewing the Programme.
      • Chairman, Syllabus Committee for formulation of curriculum for Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Management (PGDHCM).
    • Facilities Developed at NITIE
      • Ergonomics, Biomechanics & Workstation Analysis: Facilities to study repetitive tasks, gait, movement and biomechanics, ground reaction forces, These facilities can be used for workplace & workstation design, furniture design & evaluation, vehicular ergonomics, muscle joints & strength testing of the sports personnel, biomechanics of sports & physical activity, gait & movement analysis of physically challenged people.
      • 3 D Motion Analysis System, Force Platform, Torque Measurement Facility, Video Recording System, EMG System, Computer Aided Ergonomics & Workplace Design Software, Anthropometer, Workstation Simulator.
      • Human Performance Measurement: Facilities for psycho-physiological monitoring of human performance such as EMG, ECG, Pulse Oxymetry, Pneumotachography, Pulmonary function, Blood Lactate level, VFF, Treadmill and Bicycle Ergometer with stress & exercise test provisions, Automated biochemical & hematological analysis set up.
      • Physical Environment Measurements: Facilities to carryout environmental studies in field situations for thermal, Illumination and noise levels.
    • Administrative Positions held at NITIE
      • Professor in Charge, Physical Ergonomics Laboratory of NITIE.
      • Co-ordinator, TIFAC-CORE NITIE, CEEHFE.

  • Conferences and Seminars

  • Conference and Seminar Organized/Organizing

    • Ergo - Office 2003 a national workshop was organized on December 5, 2003 at NITIE, Mumbai.
    • HWWE 2004: TIFAC-CORE NITIE in collaboration with Indian Society of Ergonomics (ISE) and Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH), is organizing a national conference on Humanizing Work and Work Environment on April 22 - 24 2004 at NITIE Mumbai.

  • Consultancy
     

    Associated in following consulting assignments
    • Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai, India (Area - Ergonomics).
    • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai, India (Area-Ergonomics).
    • Gharda Chemicals Ltd., Mumbai, India (Area - Business Process Re- engineering).
    • Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai, India (Area - Organization and Management Study).
    • Merind Limited, Mumbai, India (Area - Manpower Planning and Work Rationalization).
    • Golden Tobacco Company, Mumbai, India (Area - Manpower Planning and Work Rationalization).
    • I.T.C. ILTD, Guntur (Partly involved) India (Area - Ergonomics and Manpower Planning & Work Rationalization).
    • United Phosphorous Limited, Vapi, India (Area - Manpower Planning and Work Rationalization).
    • Indo Burma Petroleum (IBP) India Limited, Mumbai, India (Area - Ergonomics, Manpower Planning and Work Rationalization).
    • Jet Airways, Mumbai, India (Area - Manpower Planning and Work Rationalization).

    Awards And Honours

     
  • Served a 6-Year term as a member of the Industrial Ergonomics Sub-Committee of International Ergonomics Association (IEA).
  • Recognized expert in Ergonomics - International Ergonomics Association (IEA).
  • Chairperson of "Job Analysis & Design" session of XIII Annual International Occupational Ergonomics & Safety Conference 1998 held at Michigan, USA.
  • Jury Member of National Award Committees of Packaging Machine Design and Development - PACMACHINE 1998, 2000.
  • Chairman of Juries of National Award Committee of Packaging Machine Design and Development - PACMACHINE 2002.
  • Awarded Prize along with C. V. Chaudhary - a student of 30th Batch of PGDIE, at TECHFEST 2001, IIT Mumbai.
  • Recognized Doctoral Guide of the Department of Post Graduate Studies & Research in Home-Science, SNDT University, Mumbai, India.
  • Member in the two National Committees, Ministry of Labour and Welfare, Government of India, (Director General of Factory Advice and Service and Labour Institutes).
  • AICTE nominee in the Governing Council of four management institutions in Maharashtra.
  • Expert for Evaluation of Research Proposals under Science and Society Scheme, DST, New Delhi.
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    Professional Associations

    • Member of the Physiological Society of India, Kolkata, India.
    • Member of Indian Society of Ergonomics, Kolkata, India.
    • Member of National Safety Council of India, Mumbai, India
    • Member of Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India.
  • Universities & Institutions (Academic Involvements)
    • Department of Physiology, University of Kolkata, Kolkata, India.
    • Department of Post Graduate Studies & Research in Home-Science, SNDT University, Mumbai, India.
    • Central Labour Institute, Government of India, Mumbai, India.
    • Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India  

  •   My Family

        

  • Father : Freedom Fighter and was associated with Bhoodan Movement.
  • Mother : Retired primary school teacher.
  • Wife : Teacher Campus School, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB).
  • Daughter: Student, KVS, I.I.T. Powai, Mumbai.

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