Tilak Dutta is a Scientist at KITE and leads the Engineering Health team. The objective of Tilak’s work is to develop better tools to support successful aging in our own homes. His primary interest is preventing injuries in caregivers through the development of improved patient lifting products, caregiver education/coaching systems to change how care is delivered.
Other interests include pressure injury prevention and fall prevention for older adults through improved footwear slip-resistance testing and development of footwear outsole materials that perform better on ice and snow.
Tilak's team designs, builds, tests, refines and commercializes these tools in collaboration with commercial partners and policy makers. The process involves iteratively testing prototypes in simulation labs, often with older adults as participants. Tilak holds cross-appointments at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto.