Assoc. Prof. Issachar Gilad

Industrial Engineering


Prof. Issachar Gilad is a member of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at Technion—Israel Institute of Technology where, for the past 35 years, he has headed the Work Study & Ergonomics Laboratory.  His professional interests are in the areas of Methods Engineering and Ergonomics.  He is involved in the design of Man-Machine Processes, Systems Productivity, Human Performance Analysis, Occupational Biomechanics, and Rehabilitation Engineering.  Dr. Gilad received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion, and Ph.D. degree in Ergonomics and BioMechanics from the New York University.  Over the years he has been invited as a Visiting Professor and Research Scholar to the Univ. of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Penn State Univ. in the USA, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and Cambridge University in the UK. Dr. Gilad is the former Chairman of the Israel Ergonomics Society.  He is active on International Advisory Boards, Member of numerous Editorial Boards in Scientific Journals in the areas of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics.  His academic record encompasses about 120 publications in Professional journals and peer-reviewed book chapters.  He participated in about 70 international conferences, as organizer and speaker.  Dr. Gilad supervised 26 students in research theses in engineering, at the Master and Doctor of Science levels in Israel and in the USA.

Selected Publications

Gilad I., Using an Elemental Analysis of the Motion Patterns to Assess the Work Performance of Amputees, Human Factors, 24(4), 427-435, 1982.

Gilad I., Motion Patterns of Amputee Workers: A study based on MTM, International Journal of Production Research, 21(2), 292-300, 1983.

Gilad I. and Nissan M., The Cervical and Lumbar Vertebra an Anthropometric Model, -Engineering in Medicine, 13(3), 111-115, 1984.

Gilad I. and Nissan M., Sagittal Evaluation of Elemental Geometrical Dimensions of the Human Vertebrae, Journal of Anatomy, 143, 115-120, 1985.

Gilad I. and Nissan M., A Study of Vertebra and Disk Geometrical Relations of the Human Spine, Spine, 11(2), 154-157, 1986.

Gilad I., Objective Performance Analysis of Hand Amputees toward the Improvements of Function, Ergonomics, 29(4), 553-561, 1986.

Gilad I. and Pollatschek M., Layout Simulations for Keyboards, Behavior and Information Technology, 5(3), 273-281, 1986.

Gilad I. and Kirschenbaum A., About the Risk of Back Pain and Work Environment, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 1, 65-74, 1986.

Nissan M. and Gilad I., Dimensions of Human Lumbar Vertebrae in the Sagittal Plane, Journal of Biomechanics, 19(9), 753-759, 1986.

Gilad I. and Kirschenbaum A., Rates of Back Pain Incidence Associated with Job Attributes and Work Characteristics, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2, 267-277, 1988.

Gilad I., and Kirschenbaum A., Study Shows Work Environments, Job Tasks, May Cause Back Pain, Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 58(2), 44-49, 1989.

Gilad I., Redfern M.S., Chaffin D.B. and Byun S.N., Angular Displacement of Torso during Lifting: A System Comparison of Two Measuring Methods, Human Movement Science, 8, 547-569, 1989.

Gilad I., Chaffin D.B. and Woolley C., A Technique for Assessment of Torso Kinesiology, Applied Ergonomics, 20(2), 82-88, 1989.

Gilad I. and Fidelman U., The Motoric Role of the Right Cerebral Hemisphere: Performance Analysis of Micro-movements, Cybernetica, 33(3), 151-173, 1990.

Gilad I. and Messer E., Ergonomic Design of the Diamond Polishing Workstation, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 9, 53-63, 1992.

Dar-El E.M., Ayas K. and Gilad I., A Dual-Phase Model for the Individual Learning Process in Industrial Tasks, IIE Transactions, 27, 265-271, 1995.

Dar-El E.M., Ayas K. and Gilad I., Predicting Performance Times for Long Cycle Time Tasks, IIE Transactions, 27, 272-281, 1995.

Gilad I., A Methodology for Functional Ergonomics in Repetitive Work, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 15, 91-101, 1995.

Gilad, I. and Karni, R., Architecture of an Expert System for Ergonomics Analysis and Design, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 23(3), 205-221, 1999.

Gilad I. and Tichauer E. R., Spinal Geometry during Lifting Tasks, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 23(4), 307-318, 1999.

Gilad I. and Harel S., Muscular Effort in Four Keyboard Designs, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 26(1), 1-7, 2000.

Gilad I. and Boughanim D., Three Dimensional Lifting Model for Non Homogeneous Loads, Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 8(4), 511-524, 2002.

Gilad I., Elnekave M., and Freivalds A., Long Distance Performance Time Input for Across the Globe Work Measurement, The International Journal of Industrial Engineering, 12, (4), 314-321, 2005.

Gilad I., and Elnekave M., Quantitative Prediction of Manual Material Handling Hazard, Special issue of the Zeitschrift für Arbeitswissenschaft, 59(3), 207-217, 2005.

Gilad I., and Elnekave M., Time Based Approach to Obtain Quantitative Measures for Ergonomics Hazard Analysis, International Journal of Production Research, 44(23), 5147-5168, 2006.

Gilad I., and Elnekave M., Inserting Cost Effectiveness to the Ergonomic Equation, When Considering Practical Solutions, International Journal of Production Research, 44(24), 5415-5441, 2006.

Gilad I., Hazbani S. and Shpitalny M., Parallel Mixed-Model Assembly Lines for Efficient Operations and Cost Reduction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 35(6), 513-522, 2007.

Gilad I. and Byran E., Ergonomic Evaluation of the Ambulance Interior to Reduce Paramedic Discomfort and Posture Stress, Human Factors, 49(6), 1019-1032, 2007.

Lati N. and Gilad I., Minimizing Idle Times in Cluster Tools in the Semiconductor Industry, International Journal of Production Research, 48(21), 6443-6459, 2010.

Balaila I. and Gilad I., A Manpower Allocation Model for Service Jobs, International Journal of Service Science, Management Engineering, and Technology, 3(2), 13-34, 2012.

Byran E., Gilad I. and Oxman R., Ergonomic Design: Experimental Studies of Multi-Task Vehicle, to be published in Science Journal - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 2(1), 23-32, 2013.

Sadai E. P. and Gilad I., Harnessing an ergonomic solution for prolonged flights sitting, accepted for publication in Ergonomics in Design, 2014.


Design for Efficiency in Manufacturing Processes Design of man-machine systems Manual material handling Lifting analysis for homogeneous and non-homogeneous loads Architecture of expert systems on ergonomic intervention Effect of job complexity in learning processes Methodologies for functional ergonomics in repetitive work Advanced work-measurement, computerized systems Performance evaluation and control in hi-tech operations Planning for productivity and processes Efficiency of facilities and manpower in hospitals

Contact Info

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