Dr Jennifer Rowson

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Lecturer

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j.rowson@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 7878

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Dr Jennifer Rowson
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pam Liversidge Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

Jennifer Rowson is a Lecturer in Design and Biomechanics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She has a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in Packaging Simulation. Upon completion of her PhD, she held posts as a Research Associate and University Teaching Fellow in the Department. In 2011 she joined the Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Research interests

Jen's research focuses on the biomechanics and understanding of upper limb performance, the definition of experimental and modelling techniques for the assessment of dexterity and hand manipulation.  She has a special interest in inclusive design of objects and products for people as well as the efficacy of rehabilitation. 

Projects carried out have developed tools, with motion capture and sensors that help to measure manipulation movements, as well as creating mathematical models to quantify and predict quantities that cannot be directly accessed.  Jen also carries out projects to analyse tasks for their demands in order to understand and input into the redesign of environment/objects for reduced dexterity.

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Rowson J, Yoxall A, Langley J, Janson R, Luxmoore J & Taylor JC (2008) Designing Inclusive Futures In Langdon P, Clarkson J & Robinson P (Ed.), Designing Inclusive Futures (pp. 65-74). Springer Verlag RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Baldacchino T, Jacobs W, Anderson SR, Worden K & Rowson J (2015) Estimation of Fingertip Force from Surface EMG - A Multivariate Bayesian Mixture of Experts Approach. Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing, 12 January 2015 - 15 January 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Baldacchino T, Worden K & Rowson J (2014) Sensitivity analysis using a Bayesian mixture of experts model for a bifurcating Duffing oscillator. Proceedings of ISMA 2014 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering and USD 2014 - International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics (pp 4437-4452) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Baldacchino T, Rowson J & Worden K (2014) Nonlinear Time Series Analysis Using Bayesian Mixture of Experts (pp 111-121) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yoxall A, Langley J, Musselwhite C, Rodriguez-Falcon EM & Rowson J (2010) Husband, Daughter, Son and Postman, Hot-water, Knife and Towel: Assistive Strategies for Jar Opening. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE INTERACTIONS (pp 187-196) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cheng J, Batterbee D, Yoxall A, Sims ND, Rowson J & Howard IC (2008) Shaken baby syndrome: a structural dynamics perspective. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 2003-2014) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Becker W, Rowson J, Oakley J, Yoxall A, Manson G & Worden K (2008) Bayesian Sensitivity Analysis of a Large Nonlinear Model. PROCEEDINGS OF ISMA 2008: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NOISE AND VIBRATION ENGINEERING, VOLS. 1-8 (pp 3723-3736) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yoxall A, Langley J, Luxrnoore J, Janson R, Taylor JC & Rowson J (2008) Help or hindrance: The use of tools for opening packaging. DESIGNING INCLUSIVE FUTURES (pp 65-74) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J & Sareh P () Aesthetic-Aerodynamic Design Optimization of a Car Grille Profile While Preserving Brand Identity. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED'09), Vol. 4 (pp 13-24). Stanford, CA, USA, 24 August 2009 - 27 August 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J, Kamat SR, Carre MJ & Yoxall A () A Preliminary Study into the Human Perception of Hand Pain for Activities Common in Daily Life. Nordic Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Conference Globalized Ergonomics. Elsinore Denmark, 22 June 2009 - 24 June 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rowson J, Sims ND & Batterbee DC () Finite element modelling of shaken baby syndrome: A frequency response approach. IMAC-XXVII: Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics. Orlando, Florida, USA, 9 February 2009 - 12 February 2009. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities
  • MEC461 Engineering Commercial Success

  • MEC456 Human Factors and User-Centred Design