Movement Analysis Core
Movement Analysis Core
The Core maintains the following laboratories contained in the 55,000 sq ft Biomechanics Research Building.
Laboratory Location Features Aquatic Therapy Lab BRB 021 This lab features an underwater treadmill where participants can sit, stand, walk or run partially submerged underwater. CAREN Virtual Reality Lab BRB 027 The Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) is primarily used for virtual reality. It has a 180-degree projection screen, motion capture system and a treadmill that can move in all directions. Gait Lab BRB 035 Our second gait lab has a motion capture system and several high-performance force plates. The force plates are contained in a large pit that can be rearranged. Bioinspired Robotics Lab
This lab is used to study the biomechanics of insects. The temperature of the room can be raised to 90°F and there are three high-speed cameras used to record the movements of insects. GRAIL Virtual Reality Lab
The Gait Real-time Analysis Interactive Lab is primarily used for virtual reality. It has a 180-degree projection screen, motion capture system and a treadmill. This lab has had several upgrades over the years and is one of our most used labs. Main Gait Lab
Our Main Gait Lab is another high-use space. It has our largest motion capture space, several force plates, treadmill and lofted ceiling. Balance and Strength Lab
The Balance and Strength Lab primarily features two pieces of equipment used to measure standing balance and strength. Strength testing can be performed on a wide array of joints and movements. Brain Imaging Lab
This lab houses equipment used to measure brain activity. The room can be made completely dark, has solid walls and an airlock to improve use of the equipment Academic Lab
This lab has an older motion capture system, force plates and treadmill that are used for student education and community outreach.
Clinical Gait Analysis
A clinical gait analysis measures and assesses walking biomechanics, which provides information about joint movement and force generation. This information is provided from motion capture and force plates which show an individual’s interaction with the ground. All of this information will help to gain a better understanding of how individuals walk.
The laboratories can be used for projects or other research that involve motion capture, EMG, or any of the above-listed equipment. Some of this equipment can also be taken off-site for remote experimentation. Further, the Core can provide services involving data processing, experiment design, experiment execution, training and consultation. For more information please contact the Core.
Please contact the Core for information on rates.
How to Initiate Work with the Motion Analysis Core
- Complete a Project Initiation Form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This will be followed by a communication from the Core to better understand your needs.
- The Core will send a quote for the work. A Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement or Service Agreement may need to be completed.
- Provide to the Core data or other items needed to complete the work.
- Work commences.
- Dr. Sara Myers, Core Director
- Dr. Kota Takahashi, Core Associate Director
- Mr. Benjamin Senderling, Bioengineer
- Mr. Cory Frederick, Core Coordinator
Publications and Conference Activity
- Meade Z, Marmelat V, Mukherjee M, Sado T, and Takahashi KZ. Comparison of a portable balance board for measures of persistence in postural sway. Journal of Biomechanics, 2020, 100: 109600
- Antonellis P, Frederick CM, Gonabadi AM, Malcolm P. Modular footwear that partially offsets downhill or uphill grades minimizes the metabolic cost of human walking. R Soc Open Sci. 2020;7(2):191527. Published 2020 Feb 5. doi:10.1098/rsos.191527
- Fallahtafti F, Curtze C, Samson K, Yentes JM. Gait & Posture Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients increase medio-lateral stability and limit changes in antero-posterior stability to curb energy expenditure. Gait Posture. 2020;75(March 2019):142-148. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2019.10.025
- Gonabadi AM, Antonellis P, Malcolm P. A system for simple robotic walking assistance with linear impulses at the center of mass. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2020:1. doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2020.2988619
- Hedrick EA, Malcolm P, Wilken JM, and Takahashi KZ. The effects of ankle stiffness on mechanics and energetics of walking with added loads: A prosthetic emulator study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2019, 16 (1): 148
- Dudley DR, Knarr BA, Siu K-C, Peck J, Ricks B, Zuniga JM. Testing of a 3D printed hand exoskeleton for an individual with stroke: a case study. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2019;0(0):1-5. doi:10.1080/17483107.2019.1646823
- Rock CG, Marmelat V, Yentes JM, Siu K, and Takahashi KZ. Interaction between step-to-step variability and metabolic cost of transport during human walking. Journal of Experimental Biology, 2018, 12:22
- McCamley JD, Pisciotta EJ, Yentes JM, Wurdeman SW, Rennard SI, Pipinos II, Johanning JM, Myers SA. Gait deficiencies associated with peripheral artery disease are different than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Gait & Posture, 57:258-264, 2017. PMC5563974.
- Wiens, C., Denton, W., Schieber, M., Hartley, R., Marmelat, V., Myers, S., & Yentes, J. Reliability of a Feedback-Controlled Treadmill Algorithm Dependent on the User’s Behavior. IEEE Int Conf Electro Inf Technol. 2018;2018:545-550 doi:10.1109/EIT.2017.8053423
- Yentes JM, Rennard SI, Schmid KK, Blanke D, Stergiou N. Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Walk with Altered Step Time and Step Width Variability as Compared with Healthy Control Subjects. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017;14(6):858‐866. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201607-547OC
For more publications from the Center please visit our publication page.