Tilak Dutta, PhD

Clinical & Health Services Excellence

Dr. Tilak Dutta is a Scientist at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN and holds status Assistant Professor appointments at the University of Toronto in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering as well as the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in developing and commercializing new products and informing policies to support successful aging at home. Dr. Dutta helped design and commission extensive prototyping and simulation laboratories at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute which facilitate the iterative design process required for efficient technology transfer. Dr. Dutta recently published his unique approach to commercialization inTechnology Transfer and Entrepreneurship. In addition, Dr. Dutta has published on and patented innovations to prevent injuries in healthcare workers. He was one of the first to develop and publish on the use of the Microsoft Kinect sensor as a portable biomechanical assessment tool in the field. He received a Worker Safety and Insurance Board grant to create a set of innovative training tools for caregivers including a free Android app called SafeBack that was awarded the 2013 SUNY Technovation award. His work also includes the development of a new type of pneumatic patient lifting device called SlingSerter. Dr. Dutta has also published work on developing wheelchair anti-collision systems and developing better accessibility guidelines for mobility scooters in the built environment. He leads the Home and Community Team which is one of eleven research teams at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. His team consists of 25 talented individuals with specialties including clinicians, engineers, industrial designers, machinists and trainees. Dr. Dutta sits on the Research Advisory Committee, the highest decision-making body at the research institute.

Research Areas:

  • Injury prevention healthcare workers
  • Safe mobility – wheelchair redesign & scooter standardization


  • Android App – SafeBack
  • Pneumatic lifting device – SlingSerter
  • Preventbackinjury.org – website
  • Microsoft Kinect – 1st to publish as biomechanical tool

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