Human Movement and Physiology

Gait analysis of human movement and mocap for 3D computer generated animation. Physiological monitoring of muscle, heart and brain activities as well as other physiology sensors. Oversight by LTU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for all human participant studies.

 Simple Human Gait Analysis: Model and Experiment. Sacdalan J, Rea E, Meyer EG, Yu N. Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; Alma, MI, 2019.

 Changing Sagittal-plane landing styles to modulate impact and tibiofemoral force magnitude and directions relative to the tibia. Y Shimokochi, JP Ambegaonkar, EG Meyer. Journal of athletic training 51 (9), 669-681, 2016.     

 Human Movement and Physiology

Injury Mechanisms/Prevention

Force platforms measure the ground reaction forces during sports and other activities. Together with motion analysis, the internal joint reactions are determined during normal and abnormal motions, or for training to improve performance.

Novel Design of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Prevention Brace. D Greenshields, R Porter, J Killewald, EG Meyer. 2014 ASME Summer Biomechanics Conference.

 Injury Mechanisms/Prevention

Biorobotics

Robotic designs inspired from nature with lifelike capabilities for moving and performing real world tasks. Intelligent design of mechanical components, behavior design and control design of robots, nonlinear dynamical modelling of robotic/human motions.

Using a Reduced-order Dynamical Model to Determine the Effect of Posture on Knee Loading During Jump Landing. Meyer EG, Verjdani HR. World Congress of Biomech, Dublin Ireland, July 2018.

LTU Faculty and Facilities

Eric G. Meyer PhD, Director Experimental Biomechanics Lab

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research interests combine in vivo testing of human and animal subjects with cadaver and surrogate in vitro models and computer simulations to understand normal health, acute injury and degenerative mechanisms. Collaborates with clinicians and the medical device industry to develop preventative and regenerative treatments for bone and soft tissue damage and disease.

Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory

Located in the new of the Taubman Complex, the equipment includes a 10 camera Vicon optical motion analysis system, two Kistler force platforms, Delsys® Trigno 16-channel, wireless EMG and other wearable sensor systems for human biomechanics experiments.

Experimental Biomechanics Lab

Hamid Vejdani PhD, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research interests include robotics, dynamical modeling, optimal control and nonlinear systems. Has developed and implemented control strategies for walking and running bipedal robots and currently he is exploring the mechanics of flapping flight systems inspired by maneuverability and agility of bats.

Jeffrey Morrissette PhD, Associate Chair Natural Sciences Department

Associate Professor, Anatomy and Physiology

Previous research includes studying the cardiovascular physiology of tunas including the first metabolic rate measurements in Bluefin tuna. Investigates the mechanisms of heat generation in the heater organs of marlins and swordfish and is using zebrafish as a model organism in several research projects.

Natural Science Facilities