Kang Li

Assistant Professor

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Office:CORE Building, Room 228

Dr. Kang Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also a graduate faculty member of the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at Rutgers University. He is currently the Director of the Human and Healthcare Engineering Lab.

Dr. Li's work spans various topics in the engineering healthcare field from biomechanics, ergonomics, orthopedics, rehabilitation, prosthetics, healthcare delivery science, to biomedical manufacturing.  He is a finalist for the New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA) by the Orthopaedic Research Society (2011), a co-recipient of the 2011 O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award and the 2014 Best Paper award in the 5th International Conference on Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management. 

He has been funded by various funding agencies including NIH, NSF, Qatar National Research Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund, and New Jersey Health Foundation, Rutgers Faculty Research Grant, and Research Council Grant programs.


Ph.D., 2009, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Affiliations

  • Insitute of Industrial Engineers
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • International Society of Biomechanics
  • Orthopaedic Research Society

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, Healthcare Engineering, Design and Biomechatronics, Human Factors/Ergonomics

Selected Publications

[1]Zhihai Zhang and Kang Li (2014) A novel probabilistic formulation for locating and sizing emergency medical service stations. Annals of Operations Research.

[2] Liying Zheng, Snehal Shetye, Kang Li, and Xudong Zhang. (2014) Integrating dynamic stereo-radiography and surface-based motion data for subject-specific musculoskeletal dynamic modeling. Journal of Biomechanics, 47(12),3217-3221

[3] Kang Li, Liying Zheng, Scott Tashman, and Xudong Zhang (2012) The inaccuracy of surface-measured model-derived tibiofemoral kinematics, Journal of Biomechanics, 45(15), 2719-2723.

[4] Xu Xu, Jia-Hua Lin, Kang Li, and Virak Tan (2012) Transformation between different local coordinate systems of the scapula, Journal of Biomechanics, 45(15), 2724-2727.

[5] Kang Li, Evan Langdale, Scott Tashman, Christopher Harner, and Xudong Zhang (2012) Distal femur sagittal morphology: gender and condylar differences clarified by automated computer analyses Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 30(5): 686-692.

[6] Kang Li and Xudong Zhang (2010) A probabilistic finger biodynamic model better depicts the roles of the flexors during unloaded flexion.  Journal of Biomechanics, v43(13), 2618-2624.

[7] Kang Li, Scott Tashman, Freddie Fu, Christopher Harner, and Xudong Zhang (2010) Automating analysis of the distal femur articular geometry based on three-dimensional surface data. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, v38(9),2928-2936.

[8] Kang Li and Xudong Zhang (2009) Can relative strength between the back and knees differentiate lifting strategy? Human Factors, v51(6), 785-796.

[9] Kang Li, Madelyn O'Farrell, Daniel Martin, Christopher Harner, and Xudong Zhang (2009) Mapping ligament insertion sites onto bone surfaces in knee. Journal of Biomechanics, v42, 2624-2626.

[10] Kang Li and Xudong Zhang (2009) A novel two-stage framework for musculoskeletal dynamic modeling: an application to multi-fingered hand movement. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, v56(7), p1949-1957.