Neuromechanics Research Core

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The UMD Neuromechanics Research Core studies neural and mechanical mechanisms of human movements in general. The current research focus includes locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and footwear, hand and multi-digit actions of people with neurological disorders, and sensory processing mechanisms. 

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The UMD Neuromechanics Research Core studies neural and mechanical mechanisms of human movements in general. The current research focus includes locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations and footwear, hand and multi-digit actions of people with neurological disorders, (2) and sensory processing mechanisms. The Core is equipped for biomechanical and physiological testing and analysis for human movements such as 11 Kistler force platforms, 23 Vicon motion capture cameras, electromyography sensors, movement speed sensors, electromagnetic sensors, a Biodex dynamometer, portable and stationary metabolic units, miniature 6-D force/torque sensors, etc. in over 7,000 sq ft space. 

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2016, May Thesis Defense Congratulations to Ed Chu for successfully defending his Master's Thesis!  
2016, May Travel Award Liz Bell recieved a Student Travel Award from the American Society of Biomechanics to present her work at the 2016 annual meeting in Raleigh, NC.  Congratulations Liz!  
2015, September New Student Jessica Hunter joins the lab as a PhD student.  
2015, September New Student Rana Krimpour joins the lab as a PhD student.  
2015, August Job Offer Dr. Jaebum Park, Assistant Professor at Montana State University and a former graduate student from Neuromechanics Research Core, has accepted an Assistant Professor Position at Seoul National University, the #1 ranked college in Korea.  Congratulations Dr. park!  
2015, August New Grant Dr. Miller was awarded a new grant from the Department of Defense (The Henry M. Jackson Foundation) to support his work entitled "Evaluation of knee joint loading in Service Members with unilateral lower extremity trauma"  
2015, July ISB Promising Young Scientist Award Dr. Miller was the winner of the 2015 International Society of Biomechanics Promising Young Scientist Award. He presented his work at the annual meeting in Glasgow, Scotland https://sph.umd.edu/news-item/dr-ross-miller-receives-promising-scientist-award-international-society-biomechanics
2015, June New Grant Drs. Miller and Shim, in collaboration wth Dr. Klossner of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, were awarded a  Tier I Seed Grant for the project entitled "The Elite Athlete as a Model for the Impact of Mechanical Loading on Human Knee Joint Health"  
2015, May Invited Speech Dr. Shim was invited to present at the Korean Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Seoul, Korea.  
2015, April Travel Award Becky Krupenevich recieved a Student Travel Award from the American Society of Biomechanics to present her work at the 2015 annual meeting in Columbus, OH.  
2015, March Invited Lecture Dr. Shim was invited to present at the International Research Forum on Biomechanics of Running-Specific Prosthesis in Tokyo, Japan.  https://sph.umd.edu/news-item/dr-shim-delivers-keynote-lecture-international-biomechanics-conference
2015, April Poster Presentation Award Congratulation to Dovin Kiernan for winning the Outstanding Academic Poster Award (First Place)! This award was given in recognition of outstanding presentation of innovative public health research and scholarship by a student at UMD's annual Public Health Research Day. http://publichealthresearch.umd.edu/
2015, April Scholarship Award Congratulations to Dovin Kiernan for receiving the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for $105,000! The CGS-D is awarded to top-ranked applicants based on academic excellence, research potential, communication skills, and interpersonal and leadership abilities. http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/BellandPostgrad-BelletSuperieures_eng.asp
2014, October Admission to PT Program Undergraduate, Kevin Levi-Goerlich, is accepted into two Physical Therapy programs and commits to University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
2014, September Tenure Track Position Ph.D. Graduate, Brian Baum, receives a tenure track position at Regis University, School of Physical Therapy.
2014, August New Graduate Student Becky Krupenevich joins the lab as a Ph.D. student.
2014, August New Graduate Student Kelsey Christensen joins the lab as a Masters student.
2013, August MIPS Award The Effects of Post-Exercise Recovery Drinks on Muscular Strength and Endurance
2013, August New graduate student Edward Chu joins the lab as a Master's student
2013, June Return Dr. Shim comes back from a year long sabbatical.
2013, March New graduate student Dovin Kiernan joins the lab as a Master's student.
2013, June National Research Foundation Systematic investigation into hand functions for the development of evidence-based hand rehabilitation for stroke patients
$100,000
2012, August MIPS Award Translation of kinesiology in preventive medicine II. $300,000
2012, July NIH Award A new biomechanical model to examine joint control adaptations during running in individuals with lower extremity amputations. R03 Award.
2012, May Graduation Graduation: Drs. Sohit Karol, Brian Baum, and Junfeng Huang
2011, August MIPS Award Translation of kinesiology in preventive medicine I. $514,100
2011,
April 16
Lab Outing NML members had a great time in Bethesda
2011,
April 15
Wylie Dissertation Fellowship Sohit Karol, NML PhD student, received a prestigious Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the University Graduate School. Sohit studies interactions of sensory feedbacks in motor performance
2011,
April 15
Wylie Dissertation Fellowship Brian Baum, NML PhD student, received a prestigious Wylie Dissertation Fellowship from the University Graduate School. Brian studies biomechanics of amputee running
2010, December Equipment Purchase Grant NML receives $90K from the three sources of UMD: UMD Division Research, School of Public Health, and Department of Kinesiology for multiple forceplates and portable gas analyzer purchase.
2010, December MIPS Award For the collaborative research with Under Armour, NML (Dr. Sraswat and Dr. Shim) received Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award. Total research budget is $689K.
2010, November Lab Outing Neuromechanics Lab had dinner at Garam Korean Restaurant
2010, November Dr. Jaebum Park returns for a talk Dr. Jaebum Park, 2009 PhD graduate from Neuromechanics Lab, returns for a talk on his recent publication: Optimality vs. Variability
2010, June 28th AAPI Convention Dr. Shim attended American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Convention in Washington, DC (pic with Majority Leader of US Congress, Mr. Hoyer, and President of Recovery Science, Mr. Shah)
2010, May 26th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference Neuromechanics Lab group went to Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference. Dr. Shim chaired Neuromechanics & Rehab Session. Brian, Sohit, and Jaebum had presentations.
2010, April Distinguished Teaching Assistant Sohit Karol, PhD student, was selected as a 2009-1010 Distinguished Teaching Assistant from KNES Department.

2010, April Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship Brain Baum, PhD student, was awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship from UMD Graduate School ($5K).
2010, Feb Snow Storm The University and the Lab were closed more than a week because of snow storms.
2010, Feb MIPS Award NML received Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award ($300K).
2010, Feb Dr. Yoon Leaves Dr. Bumchul Yoon, left after a year of Visiting Professorship at NML
2010, Jan Dr. Shim's Talk at KAIST Dr. Shim had a seminar on CNS control over multi-effector systems in humans at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
2009, Jan Kyung Hee International Scholar Dr. Shim received Kyung Hee International Scholar Award with his appointment at College of Engineering, Kyung Hee Univeristy
2009, Jan Dr. Shim's Week-long Seminar Dr. Shim had a week-long seminar at Kyung Hee University, Korea, Dr. Shim's undergradaute school
2009, Dec Experiments at Korea University (KU) Drs. Shim and Kim traveled to Korea for a series of invasive experiments at Korea University in collaboration with KU Physical Therapy and Medical Center
2009, Dec Dr. Jaebum Park Mr. Jaebum Park became Dr. Jaebum Park. Dr. Park is the first PhD from Neuromechanics Lab. He is current a Postdoc at Penn State.
2009, Dec Jeffrey Hsu Jeff Hsu received his Master's degree
2009, Nov MOU with Korea University (KU) Neuromechanics Lab arranged Memorandum of Understanding between UMD School of Public Health and KU College of Health Science
2009, Sept Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Award Jaebum, NML PhD student, received Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Award from the UMD Graduate School ($10K)
2009. Aug ASB Young Scientist Award Dr. Shim received ASB's Young Scientist Award at 2009 ASB Meeting at Penn State.
2009. July ISB Promising Young Scientist Award Dr. Shim received ISB's Promising Young Scientist Award at 2009 ISB Congress in Cape Town.
2009, July 2009 ISB Congress We participated in 2009 ISB Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.
2009, Sept DOD Award NML received Department of Defense Research Award ($200K).
2009, Feb MIPS Award NML received Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award ($2M).
2009, May Lab photos We took pictures of current NML members.
2009, May Lab visit Two retired soldiers with leg amputations visited NML and had a talk on their experiences at Dr. Shim's Biomechanics class.
2009, May
 

 

Jacob Goldharber Travel Award
 
Jeff, NML Masters student, received Jacob K. Goldharber Travel Award from UMD to attend Progress in Motor Control Meeting in France ($1K).
2009, March Dr. Jongkook Song's visit Dr. Song from Kyung Hee University visited NML.
2008, Nov Mr. Brian Frasure's visit Brian, the Paralympian with multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals visited NML for our amputee locomotion research.
2008, Sep Dr. Woosub Kim visit Dr. Kim visited NML and we went to our collaborator, Water Reed Army Medical Center for a tour.
2008, Sep Sohit Karol, Alex Hooke, James Lieu graduate Masters students, Sohit, Alex, and James graduated from NML.
2008, Aug F. Daniel Wagner Memorial Award for Outstanding Physical Activity Teaching Assistant Alex, NML Masters student, received F. Daniel Wagner Memorial Award for Outstanding Physical Activity Teaching Assistant from Kinesiology Department
2008, Aug Drs. Changsoo Yang and Beeoh Lim visit Drs. Yang and Lim from Korea visited NML and had a couple of beer.
2008, Aug Yonghyun Park from Seoul National University visit Younghyun, an exchange student from Seoul National University visited NML. We had a party at Dr. Shim's.
2008, Aug 2007 Progress in Motor Control We participated in 2007 ISMC meeting in Santos, Brazil.
2008, July Dr. Shim's Keynote at ISBS Dr. Shim delivered an invited lecture at ISBS, Korea. The picture was taken with a Taekwondo demonstration team from Kyung Hee University, Dr. Shim's UG school.
2008, June Graduate Summer Student Research Fellowship Jaebum, NML PhD student, received Graduate Summer Student Research Fellowship from UMD Graduate School ($5K)
2008, March Visiting Professor, Dr. Chulsoon Choi Dr. Kim from Kwangwoon University joined NML as a Visiting Professor for a year.
2008, May GRIP Award Sohit, NML Masters student, received Graduate Research Initiative Project Award from UMD Kinesiology ($2.5K)
2008, Feb MIPS Award NML received Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award ($300K: Phase II).
2008, Feb GRIP Award Alex, NML Masters student, received Graduate Research Initiative Project Award from UMD Kinesiology ($2.5K)
2008, Feb GRIP Award Jeff, NML Masters student, received Graduate Research Initiative Project Award from UMD Kinesiology ($2.5K)
2008, Feb GRIP Award Jaebum, NML PhD student, received Graduate Research Initiative Project Award from UMD Kinesiology ($2.5K)
2008, Jan Postdoctoral Fellowship Dr. You-Sin Kim, postdoc at NML, received a Tae-Do Academic & Cultural Foundation Fellowship ($17K)
2007, July 2007 ISB Congress We participated in 2007 ISB Congress in Taipei, Taiwan. The picture has Dr. Shim's Masters and PhD advisors, Dr. Kwon and Dr. Zatsiorsky.
2007, June Howard Hughes Medical Institute Travel Award Jeff Hsu, NML UG research assistant, received Howard Hughes Medical Institute Conference Travel Award ($1K)
2007, March 2007 NEASB Conference NML organized the first Northeast American Society of Biomechanics (NEASB) Conference UMD.
2007, March ISB Travel Award Sohit, NML Masters student, received International Society of Biomechanics Travel Award ($1K) for his travel to World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich, Germany.
2007, March ISB Travel Award Jaebum, NML PhD student, received International Society of Biomechanics Travel Award ($1K) for his travel to World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich, Germany.
2007, March Visiting Professor, Dr. Chang Kook Kim Dr. Chang Kook Kim from Korea University joined NML as a Visiting Professor for a year.
2007, March Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship Jeff Hsu, NML UG research assistant, received Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($2.7K)
2007, March ASB Conference Organization Award NML received a local conference organization grants from ASB and industry ($10K).
2007, Feb MIPS Award NML received Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award ($300K).
2006, July 2006 WCB We participated in 2006 World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich, Germany. The picture was taken at the Munich Science Museum.
2006, June CK's Lab Visit NML members visited Dr. Christopher Knight's Lab at University of Delaware.
2006, May Senior Summer Scholars Award Jeff Hsu, NML UG research assistant, received Senior Summer Scholars Award from UMD
2006, April UMD Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award Jeff Hsu, NML UG research assistant, received Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award from UMD
2006, July KRF Award NML received Korea Research Foundation Award ($100K).
2006, July DHS Award NML received Department of Homeland Security Award ($915K).
2006, June GRB Award Dr. Shim received General Research Board (GRB) Research Award from University of Maryland ($9K)
2006, May Jacob Goldharber Travel Award Jaebum, NML PhD student, received Jacob K. Goldharber Travel Award from UMD to attend World Congress of Biomechanics in Munich, Germany ($1K).
2005, Sept Clark Fellowship Junfeng, NML PhD student, received Clark Fellowship from Department of Kinesiology for two years of financial support during his PhD study at NML.
2005, Aug 2005 ISB/ASB Meeting We participated in 2005 ISB/ASB joint conference in Cleveland. Picture was taken at the Cleveland Clinic.

Our research is currently focused on:

  1. Neuromechanics of hand and multi-digit actions as well as their applications to medicine, rehabilitation, and ergonomics.
  2. CNS control mechanisms for motor redundancy, developments of motor functions in typically developing children as well as children with developmental coordination disorder, and developmental changes and intervention & adaptation of motor functions in elderly persons and the persons with neurological/genetic disorders or stroke.
  3. Locomotion in persons with lower extremity amputations.
  4. Gait (walking, running, sprinting) and related tasks (e.g. side-cutting) with long term objectives of: a) developing theories that explain and accurately predict the mechanics and energetics of human locomotion, and b) integrating principles from engineering, physiology, and neuroscience for early identification and prevention of locomotor impairments.

Graduate Students Projects

 

  •  "Musculoskeletal models of internal structure loading to predict injury in runners"

        Running is a popular physical activity that can provide numerous health benefits but, paradoxically, is itself associated with high rates of injury. Thus, identifying the aetiological variables that contribute to running injury is an important goal for injury prediction and prevention. Presumably these variables relate to loading of the internal structures of the body. Studies exploring this type of structural loading have, however, largely used retrospective or cross-sectional designs, limiting their ability to infer causality. The present investigation helps rectify this gap in knowledge by correlating baseline gait mechanics and model-based estimates of internal structural loading with musculoskeletal health in recreational runners over six-months. Baseline information on key loading variables associated with lower-limb injury was collected/modelled. Runners then completed weekly logs detailing their running habits and musculoskeletal injuries. Baseline measures are currently being correlated with the number of days each runner modifies activity due to lower-limb pain and/or injury. It is hypothesized that the magnitude of internal structural loading will correlate positively with training days lost due to injury. Results from this study will augment our understanding of the musculoskeletal injuries caused by running and may inform future preventative care, training, and treatment programs.

  

Dovin Kiernan

 
  • “Organization of Synergies in Joint and Individual Multi-Finger Force Production”

        Objective: It has been established that motor synergies can exist within an individual or between individuals during motor task performance. Not as clear, however, is whether or not motor synergies can exist simultaneously on multiple levels of control within a given motor task. The purpose of the current study is to investigate the existence of simultaneously-occurring force-stabilizing motor synergies during joint and individual multi-finger force production. 

        Description: Participants will perform an identical finger-force production task both individually and with a co-actor. Synergies between finger forces will be quantified and compared across task conditions as well as across the varying levels of control within each task. These findings will help determine whether or not the CNS can not organize separate force-stabilizing synergies on multiple levels of control within the same task.

   

Kelsey Christensen

 
  •  "Effects of Aging on Gait Mechanics"

        Objective: The mobility challenges faced by older adults may be due, in part, to declining muscle function with age.  A first step towards improving mobility in older adults is to understand how and why they walk differently from young adults.  The long term goals of this research are to 1) determine the relationships between muscle architectural parameters and peak joint torques and powers during walking in young and old adults, and 2) Determine the individual muscle contribution to the age-related redistribution of joint torques.

        Description: Kinematic and kinetic data will be collected during walking in young and old adults.  Age-specific muscular properties will be determined by modeling isometric and isokinetic dynamometer measurements.

 

Becky Krupenevich

  • "Biomechanical evaluation of the Milestone Pod"

        Objective: The overall goals of the project are (i) to evaluate and refine the current capabilities of the Pod as a fitness-tracker for distance running, and (ii) to extend these capabilities to sports and athletic motions other than running.

        Description: Kinematic, kinetic and foot acceleration data are collected during running, walking, and athletic tasks such as cutting and shuffling.

  •    "The effects of an acute bout of self-myofascial release on tibial stress fracture risk"

        Objective: We aim to determine if an acute bout of SMR release using the foam roller prior to activity will decrease the effects of fatigue on the tibial stress fracture injury risk variables of absolute free moment, tibial shock, and vertical instantaneous loading rate after a fatiguing run.

        Description: Subjects complete 30-minute fatiguing runs after foam roll and no-foam roll conditions after which kinematic, kinetic and tibial acceleration data are be collected for comparison.

 

Jessica Hunter

 

 
  • "Feasibility of Using an Accelerometer in Evaluation of Gait Asymmetry"

        Wearable devices such as accelerometers are inexpensive, easily accessible tools provide valuable information in gait analysis and offer great potential to assess asymmetry without restriction to laboratory settings with storage and monitoring capabilities.

        Our aim is to investigate the feasibility of using accelerometer(s) in assessment of force asymmetry during walking. The relationship between asymmetry index calculted from ground reaction forces, and that from 3D acceleration recorded by a lightweight inertial sensor on a person's lower back has been studied. This helps define our next steps in identifying the parameters that could improve our predictive ability in using accelerameters for evaluation of gait asymmetry.

Rana Karimpour

 
  • "Neural Modulation of Leg Stiffness In Response to Neuromuscular Fatigue"

        Objective: Determine how neuromuscular fatigue affects hopping behavior by examining leg and joint stiffness before and after a single-leg calf raise fatiguing protocol.

        Protocol: Single-leg hopping kinetics, kinematics, and electromyography (EMG) were collected before and after a single-leg fatiguing protocol. The fatiguing protocol consisted of single-leg calf raises on an elevated surface.

        3D kinetics and kinematics were captured with 1 Kistler force plate and 13 Vicon motion capture cameras, respectively. Muscle activation was recorded utilizing 14 Delsys Trigno wireless EMG sensors. EMG sensors were placed on 7 muscles of the lower body for both legs.

 

Edward Chu

 
  • "Limb Strength and Limb Dominance in a Step Forward to Standing Task"

            The majority of locomotion research has focused on analysis of straight, over ground walking which may not be adequate to define activities of daily living. This work aimed to determine if neurological preference for selecting an initiation limb is associated with limb strength or reported limb dominance in a young, able-bodied population. View Poster Here

Elizabeth Bell

 

Faculty and Staff

Jae Kun Shim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Co-Director, Neuromechanics Research Core
Deptartment of Kinesiology
Fischell Department of BioE
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (NACS)
Ross H. Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Co-Director, Neuromechanics Research Core
Department of Kinesiology
Background: Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics

Marcio Oliveira, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Assistant Dean, School of Public Health
Background: Motor Development, Motor Control

Hyun Joon Kwon, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology
Background: Mechanical Engineering, Biomechanics

Pedro Figueiredo, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology
Background: Bioenergetics, locomotion, sport performance
Kurt Collier, CP
Clinical Faculty & Prosthetics Instructor

Department of Kinesiology

 
 
Tim Kiemel, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology
Background: Mathematics
 

Visiting Professors

Yang-Sun Park, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor

Hanyang University, Korea
Background: Physical Education, Biomechanics
Sang-Kyu Choi, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor

Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials
Background: Mechanical Engineering

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Kyung Koh, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology
Background: Electrical Engineering & Robotics

Graduate Students

Rana Karimpour, M.S.
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology 

Background:Sports Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland

Qingjian Chen, M.S. 
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology 

Background: Sports Medicine and Biomechanics, University of Tennessee
 

Liz Bell, B.S. 
M.S. Student, Kinesiology

Background: Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver

Becky Krupenevich, M.S. 
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology

Background: Biomechanics, East Carolina University

Dovin Kiernan, B.S. 
Masters Student, Kinesiology 

Background: Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

Edward Chu, B.S.
Masters Student, Kinesiology 
Lab Manager 

Background: Kinesiology, University of Maryland

 

Kelsey Christensen, B.S. 
Masters Student, Kinesiology

Background: Exercise Science, Brigham
Young University

Dion Cunningham, M.M., M.M Ed
D.M.A Student, Piano Performance

Background: Biology, Performance Music Education, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University
 
Jessica Hunter, M.S. 
Ph.D. Student, Kinesiology

Background: Biomechanics and Injury Prevention, Barry University
 

Undergraduate Students

Isabella Newton
UG Research Assistant
Ryan Daigle
UG Research Assistant

 
Julie Betta
UG Research Assistant
 

 


 


 

Previous Members

Year Name Position During Membership

Current Location

2015 Dr. Minjoo Kim Visiting Graduate Student Kyung He University, Korea
2013 Yong-Seok Cho Visiting Professor Konyang University, Korea
2012 Philip Cruz Undergraduate reseracher Florida Gulf Coast University
2012 Michelle Muldon Undergraduate researcher UMD
2012 Andrea Tian Undergraduate researcher Washington University School of Medicine
2012 Dr. Arick Auyang Postdoc Nike
2012 Dr. James Chuo Research Professor West Virginia
2012 Dr. Brian Baum PhD student US Department of Defense
2012 Dr. Junfeng Huang PhD student Washington D.C.
2012 Dr. Sohit Karol MA, PhD student Microsoft Windows Research Lab
2011 Kyle Bruin Undergraduate researcher UMD
2011 Colleen Gulik Undergraduate researcher UMD
2010 Dr. Woosub Kim Visiting Professor Seoul VA Hospital
2010 Mathew Moon High School Intern UMD
2010 Max Lee High School Intern NJ
2009 Chris Heo High School Intern Brown University
2009 Dr. Jaebum Park PhD student Pennsylvania State University
2009 Dr. Bumchul Yoon Visiting Professor Korea University
2009 Jeffrey Hsu Master's student ING
2009 Kim Ziegler Undergraduate researcher Johns Hopkins University
2009 David Bates Undergraduate researcher National Institute of Health
2008 Dr. Chul Soon Choi Visiting Professor Kwangwoon University
2008 Sohit Karol Master's student Neuromechanics Lab PhD student
2008 Alex Hooke Master's student Mayo Clinic
2008 Albert Lee Undergraduate researcher Washington D.C. PT
2007 Dr. Chang Kook Kim Visiting Professor Korea University
2006 Seong-Jin Seonwoo Undergraduate researcher Johns Hopkins University
2005 Patrick Bengero Undergraduate reasearcher University of Maryland
2005 Andrew Chamberlin Undergraduate researcher US Department of Health and Human Services
2005 Tabinda Burney Undergraduate researcher National Institute of Health
2005 Erica Wentz Undergraduate researcher College
2005 Gary Tossaint Undergraduate researcher College
2005 Bemnet Abebe Undergraduate researcher College

 

Selected Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

          2016

  • Massarelli N, Clapp G, Hoffman K, Kiemel T. Entrainment ranges for chains of forced neural and phase oscillators. Journal of Mathematical Neuroscience 6:6. Download PDF​​
  • Hwang S, Agada P, Grill S, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ. A central processing sensory deficit with Parkinson’s disease. Experimental Brain Research 234:2369–2379. Download PDF
     
  • Hwang S, Agada P, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ. Identification of the unstable human postural control systemFrontiers in systems neuroscience. 10: 22. Download PDF
     
  •  Edwards WB, Miller RH, Derrick TR.  Femoral strain during walking predicted with muscle forces from static and dynamic optimization.  Journal of Biomechanics 49(7): 1206-1213. Download PDF
     
  • Karol S, Koh K, Kwon HJ, Park YS,  Young Ha Kwon, Shim JK. Aging-related changes in hand intrinsic and extrinsic muscles and hand dexterity: an MRI investigation. Korean Journal of Sport Biomechanics 25:371-381. Download PDF
     
  • Baum BS, H Hobara, YH Kim, Shim JK. Amputee locomotion: Ground reaction forces during submaximal running with running-specific prostheses. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. EPub ahead of Print. 
     
  • Kim YS, Kim WS, Koh K, Yoon BC, Damiano DL, Shim JK. Deficits in motor abilities for multi-finger force control in hemiparetic stroke survivors. Experimental Brain Research 234:2391-402. Download PDF
     
  • Park YS, Lim YT, Koh K, Kim JM, Kwon HJ, Yang JS, Shim JK. Association of spinal deformity and pelvic tilt with gait asymmetry in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients: ground reaction force investigation. Clinical Biomechanics 36:52-57.  Download PDF
     
  • Koh K, Kwon HJ, Park YS, Kiemel T, Miller RH, Kim YH, Shin JH, Shim JK. Intra-auditory integration improves motor performance and synergy in an accurate multi-finger pressing task. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10:1-11. Download PDF
     
  • Park YS, Kwon HJ, Koh K, Shim JK. Age-related Changes in Multi-finger Synergy during Constant Force Production with and without Additional Mechanical Constraint. Korean Journal of Sports Biomechanics 26:175-181.  Download PDF
     
  • Koh K, Park YS, Park DW, Hong CK, Shim JK. Development of Core Strength Training Equipment and Its Effect on the Performance and Stability of the
Elderly in Activities of Daily Living. Korean Journal of Sports Biomechanics 26:229-236. 

         2015

  • Couzin-Fuchs E, Kiemel T, Gal O, Ayali A, Holmes P. Intersegmental coupling and recovery from perturbations in freely-running cockroaches. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:285–297. 
     
  • Miller RH, Esterson AY, Shim JK.  Joint contact forces when minimizing the external knee adduction moment by gait modification: a computer simulation study.  The Knee 22(6), 481-489. Download PDF
     
  • Koh K, Kwon HJ, Yoon BC, Cho Y, Shin JH, Hahn JO, Miller RH, Kim YH, Shim JK.  The role of tactile sensation in online and offline hierarchical control of multi-finger force synergy.  Experimental Brain Research 233(9), 2539-2547. 
     
  •  Miller RH, Hamill J. Optimal footfall patterns for cost minimization in running. Journal of Biomechanics 48(11), 2858-2864. Download PDF
     
  • Gentili RJ, Oh H, Huang DW, Katz GE, Miller RH, Reggia JA.  A neural architecture for performing actual and mentally simulated movements during self-intended and observed bimanual arm reaching movements.  International Journal of Social Robotics 7(3), 371-392. 
     
  • Graham RB, Smallman CLW, Miller RH, Stevenson JM.  A dynamical systems analysis of assisted and unassisted anterior and posterior hand-held load carriage.  Ergonomics 58(3), 480-491.Download PDF
     
  • Miller RH, Edwards WB, Deluzio KJ.  Energy expended and knee joint load accumulated when walking, running, or standing for the same amount of time.  Gait & Posture 41(1), 326-328. Download PDF
     
  • Kim YS, Kim WS, Shim JK, Suh DW, Kim TY, Yoon BC. Difference of motor overflow depending on the impaired or unimpaired hand in stroke patients. Human Movement Science 39:154-62 Download PDF
     
  • Park JB, Han DW, Shim JK. Effect of resistance training of the wrist joint muscles on multi-digit coordination. Perceptual and Motor Skills 120:816-40. Download PDF
     
  • Carrignan J, Park YS, Koh K, Kwon HJ, Shim JK. Common basketball injuries and their prevention. Korean Journal of Growth and Development 23:1-6. 
     
  • Hsu J, Koh K, Park YS,  Kwon HJ, Kim YH, Shin JH, Shim JK. Aging-related changes in hand intrinsic and extrinsic muscles and hand dexterity: an MRI investigation. Korean Journal of Sport Biomechanics 25:371-381. 

          2014

  • Logan D, Ivanenko YP, Kiemel T, Cappellini G, Sylos-Labini F, Lacquaniti F, Jeka JJ. Function dictates the phase dependence of vision during human locomotion. Journal of Neurophysiology 112:165–180
     
  • Brandon SCE, Miller RH, Thelen DG, Deluzio KJ.  Selective lateral muscle activation in subjects with moderate medial knee osteoarthritis does not unload medial knee condyle.  Journal of Biomechanics 47(6), 1409-1415.
     
  • Miller RH.  A comparison of muscle energy models for simulating human walking in three dimensions.  Journal of Biomechanics 47(6), 1373-1381.
     
  • Miller RH, Edwards WB, Brandon SCE, Morton AM, Deluzio KJ.  Why don’t most runners get knee osteoarthritis? A case for per-unit-distance loads.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 46(3), 572-579.
     
  • Hobara H, Baum BS, Kwon HJ, Linberg A, Wolf EJ, Miller RH, Shim JK.  Amputee locomotion: lower extremity loading using running-specific prostheses.  Gait & Posture 39(1), 386-390.
     
  • Otsuka M, Shim JK, Kurihara T, Yoshioka S, Isaka T. Effect of expertise on 3D force application during the starting block phase and subsequent steps in sprint running. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 30:390-400. 
     
  • Kim Y, Kim J, Shim JK, Suh DW, Yoon BC. The hypoalgesic effect of remote tactile sensory modulation on the mechanical sensitivity of trigger points: A randomized controlled study. NeuroRehabilitation 35:607-614. 
     
  • Logan D, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ. Asymmetric sensory reweighting in human upright stance. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100418. 
     
  • Anson A, Agada P, Kiemel T, Ivanenko Y, Lacquaniti F, Jeka J. Visual control of trunk translation and orientation during locomotion. Experimental Brain Research 232:1941–1951.
     
  • Hwang S, Agada P, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ. Dynamic reweighting of three modalities for sensor fusion. PLoS ONE 9(1): e88132.

          2013

  • Anson A, Rosenberg R, Agada A, Kiemel T, Jeka J. Does visual feedback during walking result in similar improvements in trunk control for young and older healthy adults? Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 10:110.
     
  • Baum BS, Huang J, Schultz MP, Tian A, Shefter B, Wolf EJ, Kwon HK, Shim JK. Amputee Locomotion: Determining the inertial properties of running-specific prostheses. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94:1776-1783.
     
  • Kim Y, Shim JK, Hong YK, Lee SH, Yoon BC. Cutaneous sensory feedback plays a critical role in agonist-antagonist co-activation. Experimental Brain Research 229:149-156.
     
  • Kim Y, Pyeon HY, Son J, Shim JK, Yoon BC. A neuromuscular strategy to prevent spinal torsion: backward perturbation alters asymmetry of transverus abdominis muscle thickness into symmetry. Gait and Posture 38:231-235.
     
  • Hobara H, Baum BS, Kwon HJ, Miller RH, Ogata T, Kim YH, Shim JK. Amputee locomotion: Spring-like leg behavior and stiffness regulation using running-specific prostheses. Journal of Biomechanics 46:2483-2489. 
     
  • ​ Russell EM, Miller RH, Umberger BR, Hamill J.  Lateral wedges alter mediolateral load distribution at the knee in obese individuals.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research 31(5), 665-671.​
     
  • Miller RH, Brandon SCE, Deluzio KJ.  Predicting sagittal plane biomechanics that minimize the axial knee joint contact force during walking.  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 135(1), 011007.

          2012

  • Shim JK, Karol S, Kim YS, Seo NJ, Kim YH, Kim YS, Yoon BC. Tactile feedback plays a critical role in maximum finger force production. Journal of Biomechanics 45: 415-420.
     
  • Kim MJ, Karol S, Park JB, Auyang A, Kim YH, Kim S, Shim JK. Inter-joint synergies increase with motor task uncertainty in a whole-body pointing task. Neuroscience Letters 512(2): 214-217.
     
  • Hook A, Karol S, Park JB, Kim YH, Shim JK. Handwriting: 3-d kinetic synergies in circle drawing movements. Motor Control 16(3):329-52.
     
  • Park J, Baum BS, Kim YS, Kim YH, Shim JK. Prehension synergy: use of mechanical advantage during multi-finger torque production on mechanically fixed- and free objects. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 28(3):284-90
     
  • Seo NJ, Shim JK, Engel A, Enders L. Grip surface affects maximum pinch force. Human Factors 53(6):740-8
     
  • Miller RH, Brandon SCE, and Deluzio KJ (2012). Predicting sagittal plane biomechanics that minimize the axial knee joint contact force during walking. ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 135(1):011007.
     
  • Russell EM, Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Hamill J. Lateral wedges alter mediolateral load distributions at the knee joint in obese individuals. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 31(5): 665–671.
     
  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Caldwell GE.  Sensitivity of maximum sprinting speed to characteristic parameters of the muscle force-velocity relationship. Journal of Biomechanics 45, 1406-1413. Download PDF
     
  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Caldwell GE. Limitations to maximum sprinting speed imposed by muscle mechanical properties. Journal of Biomechanics 45, 1092-1097. Download PDF
     
  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, Hamill J, and Caldwell GE. Evaluation of the minimum energy hypothesis and other potential optimality criteria for human running. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279, 1498-1505. Download PDF
     
  • John D, Miller RH, Kozey-Keadle SL, Caldwell GE, and Freedson PS. Biomechanical examination of the plateau phenomenon in ActiGraph vertical activity counts. Physiological Measurement 33, 219-230. Download PDF
     
  • Bair W-N, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ, Clark JE. Development of multisensory reweighting is impaired for quiet stance control in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). PLoS ONE 7(7): e40932.
     
  • Polastri PF, Kiemel T, Barela JA, Jeka JJ. Dynamics of inter-modality re-weighting during human postural control. Experimental Brain Research 223:99–108. Download PDF
     
  • Scholz JP, Park E, Jeka JJ, Sch ̈oner G, Kiemel T.How visual information links to multijoint coordination during quiet standing. Experimental Brain Research 222:229–239. 

         2011

  • Shim JK, Park JB, Kim MJ, Kim S. Motor synergy research through Uncontrolled Manifold analysis. Korean Jouranl of Sport Psychology. 22(4): 127-142, 2011.

  • Karol S,Kim YS, Huang J, Kim YH, Koh J, Yoon BC, Shim JK. Multi-finger pressing synergies chane with the level of extra degrees of freedoms. Experimental Brain Research. 208(3): 359-367, 2011. 

  • Miller RH and Caldwell GE. Practical lessons on running and jumping from computer simulations. Track and Cross Country Journal 1, 38-48. Download PDF

  • Hamill J, Russell EM, Gruber AH, and Miller RH. Impact characteristics in shod and barefoot running. Footwear Science 3, 33-40. Download PDF

  • Hasson CJ, Miller RH, and Caldwell GE (2011). Contractile and elastic ankle joint muscular properties in young and older adultsPLoS ONE 6, e15953. Download PDF

          2010

  • Shim JK, Hooke AW, Kim YS, Karol S, Park J, Kim YH. Handwriting: Hand-pen contact force synergies in circle drawing tasks. Journal of Biomechanics 43:2249-2253.

  • Kim YS, J Park, Shim JK Effect of aquatic locomotion exercise and progressive resistance exercise on patients who have undergone lumbar discectomy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91:208-214. Download PDF

  • Park JB, Kim YS, Shim JK. Prehension synergy: effects of static constraints on multi-finger prehension. Human Movement Science.29: 19-34. Download PDF

  • Kim YS, Park J, Shim JK. Effect of follow-up training frequency on lumbar extension strength in hernia-operated patients after initial recovery and training. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 42:839-845, 2010

  • Sheaff AK, Bennett A, Hanson ED, Kim Y, Hsu J, Shim JK, Edwards ST, Hurley BF. Physiological determents of the candidates physical ability tests in firefighters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 24: 3112-3122.

  • Karol S, Kim YS, Huang J, Kim YH, Koh J, Yoon BC, and Shim JK. Multi-finger pressing synergies change with the level of extra degrees of freedom. Experimental Brain Research. 

  • Miller RH, Chang R, Baird JL, Van Emmerik REA, and Hamill J (2010). Variability in kinematic coupling assessed by vector coding and continuous relative phase. Journal of Biomechanics 43, 2554-2560. Download PDF

  • Gillette JC, Stevermer CA, Miller RH, Meardon SA, and Schwab CV. The effects of age and type of carrying task on lower extremity kinematics. Ergonomics 53, 355-364. Download PDF

          2009

  • Kim CK, Lee DY, Kim YS, Huang JF, Park JB, Shim JK. Finger force enslaving and surplus in spinal cord injury patients. Experimental Brain Research. 195: 627-33. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Karol S, Kim, YS, Yoon BC, Kim CK. Synergies: Coordinative interactions of motor effectors. ICHPER SD Asia Journal of Research. 1: 9-16. Download PDF

  • Goodman S, Haufler AJ, Shim JK, Hatfield BD. Regular and random components in aiming point trajectory during rifle aiming and shooting. Journal of Motor Behavior. 41: 367-82. Download PDF

  • Kim YS, Shim JK. Effect of backward walking rehabilitation exercise (ABRE) program on lumbar extension strength inhernia-operated patients. Journal of Sport and Leisure Studies. 35:801-813.

  • Park WI, Park SY, Choi HM, Lee JH, Jeon JM, Kim JK, Shim JK, Nho HS. Cardiovascular responses over the time course during muscle group III stimulation in prehypertensive individuals. Journal of Life Science. 19: 1564-1578, 2009 

  • Hamill J, Russell EM, Gruber AH, Miller RH, and O'Connor KM (2009). Extrinsic foot muscle forces when running in varus, valgus and neutral shoesFootwear Science 1, 153-161.Download PDF

  • Miller RH, Caldwell GE, Van Emmerik REA, Umberger BR, and Hamill J (2009). Ground reaction forces and lower extremity kinematics when running with suppressed arm swing. ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 131, 124502. Download PDF

  • Miller RH and Hamill J (2009). Computer simulation of the effects of shoe cushioning on internal and external loading during running impacts. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 12, 481-490. Download PDF

  • Miller RH, Gillette JC, Derrick TR, and Caldwell GE (2009). Muscle forces during running predicted by gradient-based and random search static optimisation algorithms. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 12, 217-225. Download PDF

          2008

  • Shim JK, Hsu J, Karol S, Hurley B.F.  Strength training increases training-specific multi-finger coordination in humans. Motor Control. 12:311-329. Download PDF

  • Oliveira MA, Park, JB, Hsu J, Clark JE, Shim JK. Age-related changes of multi-finger interactions during the adulthood. Human Movement Science. 27:714-727. Download PDF

  • Hooke AW, Park JB, Shim JK. Forces behind the words: development of the Kinetic Pen. Journal of Biomechanics. 41:2060-2064. Download PDF

  • Kim SW, Shim JK, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Finger Interdependence: Linking the Kinetic and Kinematic Variables. Human Movement Science. 27:408-422. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Oliveira MA, Hsu J, Huang J, Park J, Clark JE. Hand Digit Control in Children: Age-related changes in hand digit force interactions during maximum flexion and extension force production tasks. Experimental Brain Research, 176: 374-386. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Karol S, Hsu J, Oliveira MA. Hand digit control in children: Motor overflow in multi-finger force space during maximum voluntary force production. Experimental Brain Research. 186: 443-456 Download PDF

  • Oliveira MA, Rodrigues AM, Caballero RMS, de Souza Peterson RD, Shim JK. Strength and isometric torque control in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Experimental Brain Research. 184: 445-450. Download PDF

  • Hamill J, Miller RH, Noehren B, and Davis IS. A prospective study of iliotibial band strain in runnersClinical Biomechanics 23, 1018-1025. Download PDF

  • Miller RH, Meardon SA, Derrick TR, and Gillette JC (2008). Continuous relative phase variability during an exhaustive run in runners with a history of iliotibial band syndromeJournal of Applied Biomechanics 24, 262-270. Download PDF

          2007

  • Shim JK, Park J. Prehension synergies: principle of superposition and hierarchical organization in circular object prehensionExperimental Brain Research, 180:541-556. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Huang J, Hooke AW, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. Multi-digit maximum voluntary torque productions on a circular object. Ergonomics, 50(5): 660-675. Download PDF

  • Oliveira MA, Shim JK. Motor Redundancy in Human Movements. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior. 29: 9-25.

  • Kim CK, Lee, DY, Lee YC, Shim JK,  Huang JF. Development of finger strength and control. Journal of Sport and Leisure Studies. 31: 961-973. 

  • Miller RH, Lowry JL, Meardon SA, and Gillette JC. Lower extremity mechanics of iliotibial band syndrome during an exhaustive run. Gait and Posture 26, 407-413. Download PDF

          2006

  • Oliveira MA, Loss J, Petersen R, Clark JE, Shim JK. Effect of kinetic redundancy on hand digit control in children with DCD. Neuroscience Letters 410:42-46. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Park J, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Adjustments of prehension synergies in response to self-triggered and experimenter-triggered loading and torque perturbations. Experimental Brain Research, 175: 641-653. Download PDF

  • Kim SW, Shim JK, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Anticipatory adjustments of multi-finger synergies in preparation to self-triggered perturbations. Experimental Brain Research, 174: 604-612. Download PDF

  • Newton RU, Gerber A, Nimphius S, Shim JK, Doan BK, Robertson M, Pearson D, Craig B, Hakkinen K, and Kraemer W. Determination of functional strength imbalance of the lower extremities. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 20: 971-977. Download PDF

  • Mark L. Latash, Jae Kun Shim, Minoru Shinohara, Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky. Changes in finger coordination and hand function with advanced age. In: Latash ML (Ed.) Motor control and learning. 141-159, Springer. New York, NY.

2005

  • Shim JK, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. Prehension synergies: Trial-to-trial variability and principle of superposition during static prehension in three dimensions.  Journal of Neurophysiology 93: 3649-3658. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Kim SW, Oh SJ, Kang N, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Plastic changes in interhemispheric inhibition with practice of a two-hand force production task: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Neuroscience Letters 372: 104-108.  Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. Prehension synergies in three dimensions. Journal of Neurophysiology. 93: 766-776. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Olafsdottir H, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. The emergence and disappearance of multi-digit synergies during force production tasks. Experimental Brain Research. 164: 260-270.  Download PDF

  • Latash ML, Shim JK, Smilga AV, Zatsiorsky VM. A central back-coupling hypothesis on the organization of motor synergies: a physical metaphor and a neural modelBiological Cybernetics 3: 1-6. Download PDF

  • Goodman SR, Shim JK, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Motor variability within a multi-effector system: Experimental and analytical studies of multi-finger production of quick force pulses. Experimental Brain Research. 163: 75-85.  Download PDF

  • Mark L. Latash, Halla Olafsdottir, Jae Kun Shim, Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky . Synergies that stabilize and destabilize action. In: Gantchev N. (Ed.) From Basic motor control to functional recovery – IV, pp. 19-25, Marin Drinov Academic Publishing House: Sofia, Bulgaria.

2004

  • Jeka J, Kiemel T, Creath R, Horak F, Peterka R. Controlling human upright posture: velocity information is more accurate than position or acceleration. The Journal of Neurophysiology. 92:2368–2379.

  • Shim JK, Lay B, Zatsiorsky VM, Latash ML. Age-related changes in finger coordination in static prehension tasks. Journal of Applied Physiology, 97:213-24. Download PDF

  • Latash ML, Shim JK, Gao F, Zatsiorsky VM. Rotational equilibrium during multi-digit pressing and prehension. Motor Control  8:392-404. Download PDF

  • Jae Kun Shim, Mark L. Latash, Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky. Finger Coordination during moment production on a mechanically fixed object. Experimental Brain Research 157:457-67. Download PDF

  • Latash ML, Shim JK, Zatsiorsky VM. Is there a timing synergy during multi-finger production of quick force pulses?Experimental Brain Research 159:65-71. Download PDF

  • Zatsiorsky VM, Latash, ML Gao F, Shim JK. The principle of superposition in human prehension. Robotica. 22:231-234. Download PDF

  • Doyle TA, Davis RW, Humphries B, Dugan EL, Shim JK, Horn BG, Newton RU. The Medical Classification System Used By The National Wheelchair Basketball Association Additional Evidence Supporting A Change. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. 21:63-70

2003

  • Kiemel T, Gormley KM, Guan L, Williams TL, Cohen AH. Estimating the strength and direction of functional coupling in the lamprey spinal cord. Journal of Computational Neuroscience. 15:233–245.

  • Shim JK, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. The human central nervous system needs time to organize task-specific covariation of finger forces. Neuroscience Letters. 353:72-74. Download PDF

  • Shim JK, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. Prehension synergies: Trial-to-trial variability and hierarchical organization of stable performance. Experimental Brain Research 152:173-184. Download PDF

  • Doan BK, Kwon YH, Newton RU, Shim JK, Popper EM, Rogers RA, Bolt LR, Robertson M,  Kraemer WJ(2003). Evaluation of a Lower-Body Compression Garment. Journal of Sports Sciences  8:601-610.  Download PDF

2002

  • Creath R, Kiemel T, Horak F, Jeka JJ. Limited control strategies with the loss of vestibular function. Experimental Brain Research. 145:323–333.
     
  • Oie KS, Kiemel T, Jeka JJ. Multisensory fusion: simultaneous re-weighting of vision and touch for the control of human posture. Cognitive Brain Research.14:164–176.
     
  • KiemelT,OieKS,JekaJJ. Multisensoryfusionandthestochasticstructureofpostural sway. Biological Cybernetics. 87:262–277.

 

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Neuromechanics Laboratory

 

Graduate Study in Biomechanics and Motor Control at University of Maryland

PhD or Master's degree in Kinesiology, Bioengineering, or Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS)

The Neuromechanics Research Core at University of Maryland is looking for highly motivated Ph.D. and Masters students interested in studying (1) biomechanics and motor control of hand and finger and (2) biomechanics and physiology of amputee running. The student will be supported by a research assistantship (RA) or a teaching assistantship (TA). Potential candidates are encouraged to send their CV's to Dr. Jae Kun Shim (jkshim@umd.edu) as early as possible.

Program

A student will develop a coherent area of expertise in human movement science by designing an academic program that includes introductory and advanced graduate courses in biomechanics, motor control, engineering, neuroscience, cognitive science, etc. A student can apply for a program of her/his background and interest in the Department of Kinesiology (Master's and PhD), Bioengineering Graduate Program (PhD), and Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (PhD).

Admission

Applications for admission should be received by January 15th. The following criteria will be considered for admission:

The main considerations for admission are: (a) the course background of the student (courses taken and/or experiences in Physics, Mechanics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Motor Control, etc.); (b) the student's scores of all three GRE sections, and (c) the student's record of interest and/or academic performance in human movement sciences. LabView and MatLab, as well as experience in biomechanical and neurophysiological measurements and backgrounds in the control of human motion would be advantageous. Students from engineering and biological sciences are encouraged to apply. International students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English (TOEFL).

Webpages

Contacts

Jae Kun Shim 
Email: jkshim@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.2492

Ross Miller
Email: rosshm@umd.edu
Phone: 301.405.2495 

Locomotion Laboratory
SPH 0102

Equipment available in the lab:

  • 12-camera Vicon optical motion capture T-series system (Vicon Vantange camera)

  • Runway with 10 Kistler strain gauge force plates

  • Independent 6-camera Vicon motion capture system (Bonita Camera system)

  • 16 channel Delsys Trigno wireless electromyography system

  • CosMed K4b2 portable pulmonary gas exchange system
  • Biodex Dynamometer

Virtual Reality Laboratory
SPH 2243C

Equipment available in the lab:

  • Cave automatic virtual environment (Fakespace Systems, Inc)
  • Three 8’ x 10’ wall projection display system that combines high-resolution projection and 2-D computer graphics to create a virtual environment.
  • 3-PC workstation cluster, 3 Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier projectors (JVC M15), 3 perfect-reflection mirrors, and 3 translucent visual screens.

 

 

Fine Motor Laboratory
SPH 0110G

 

  

  •  ATI miniature 6-D force/torque sensors

Neuromechanics Laboratory
Director: Jae Kun Shim
Office phone: 301.405.2492
Lab phone: 301.405.8154
Fax: 301.405.5578
Email: neuromechanics@umd.edu

Locomotion Laboratory
Director: Ross Miller
Office phone: 301.405.2495
Fax: 301.405.5578
Email: rosshm@umd.edu

Mailing Address:
0110C SPH Bldg. 
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 2074
Mailing Address:
0102 SPH Bldg. 
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 2074

Directions

Driving

From Baltimore: 
Take I-95 South to the Capital Beltway (I-495) and follow signs to College Park, US Route 1 South. Proceed approximately two miles south on US Route 1 to the University's Campus Drive entrance. Follow the map shown below. 
From Annapolis and points east: 
Take US Route 50 to the Capital Beltway (I-95/495) and go north on I-95/495 to College Park, US Route 1 South (exit 25). Proceed approximately two miles south on US Route 1 to the University's Campus Drive entrance. Follow the map shown below. 
From within the city of Washington, D.C.: 
Go northeast on Rhode Island Avenue (US Route 1). After entering the state of Maryland, continue on US Route 1 for approximately five miles to College Park. Follow the map shown below. 
From points south and west of Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, MD: 
Take the Capital Beltway (I-495) and head north and east. Just after I-495 joins I-95 in Maryland above Washington, D.C., get off at exit 25B toward College Park on US Route 1 South. Proceed approximately two miles south on US Route 1 to the University's Campus Drive entrance.Follow the map shown below.

Via Metrorail

Metrorail's Web Site and Map
From Washington, D.C.: 
Take the Green Line train toward Greenbelt and get off at the College Park/U of MD station. Get on the UM Shuttle bus for the ride to the campus. Get off at the first campus stop, which will be directly in front of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology. Walk back toward the entrance to campus. Follow the map shown below.  
From the Ronald Reagan National Airport: 
Take the Yellow Line train (toward Mt. Vernon Square/UDC) and get off at the Gallery Place/Chinatown station. Then transfer to the Red Line train (toward Wheaton) and get off at the Fort Totten station. Then transfer to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt) and get off at the College Park/U of MD station. Get on the UM shuttle bus for the free ride to the campus. Get off at the first campus stop, in front of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology. Walk back toward the entrance to campus. Follow the map shown below. 
From the D.C. Bus Station 
(serving Greyhound and Trailways): 
From the Washington, D.C. bus station (at 1005 First Street N.E.), take Metro Bus 96 to Union Station and get onto the Red Line train (toward Wheaton). Get off at the Fort Totten station. Then transfer to the Green Line train (toward Greenbelt) and get off at the College Park/U of MD station. Get on the UM Shuttle bus for the ride to the campus. Get off at the first campus stop, which will be in front of the Glenn L. Martin Institute of Technology. Walk back toward the entrance to campus. Follow the map shown below.

From Local Airports

From the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport: 
Upon exiting the airport, follow the signs and get onto I-195 West. Follow I-195 West for about 3.5 miles and get onto I-95 South. Follow I-95 South for about 19 miles and follow the signs to Exit 25. Get off at Exit 25B. Go south on U.S. Route 1 for two miles to the University's Campus Drive entrance on your right. Follow the map shown below from the entrance (Main Gate). 
From the Washington Dulles International (IAD) Airport 
Upon exiting the airport, follow the Dulles Airport Access Road East for about 13 miles and exit it onto I-495 North. Follow I-495 North for about 18 miles and get off at Exit 25B. Go south on U.S. Route. 1 for two miles to the University's Campus Drive entrance on your right. Follow the map shown below from the entrance (Main Gate). 
From Ronald Reagan National (DCA) Airport 
Upon exiting the airport to the north (toward Washington, D.C.), get onto the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Within a mile, turn right onto U.S. Route 1/I-395 North (to Washington). Stay in your left lane while crossing the bridge over the Potomac River. (You will follow U.S. Route. 1 through Washington to College Park). After crossing the Potomac and passing the Washington Monument on your left, turn right (east) onto Constitution Avenue. Go eight blocks and turn left (north) onto 6th Street N.W. Go about 1.5 miles and bear right onto Rhode Island Avenue. Then go 7.5 miles to College Park and turn left at the University's Campus Drive entrance. Follow the map shown below from the entrance (Main Gate).

Walking Directions from Regents Parking Garage (Visitor Parking)

Neuromechanics Lab - Room 0110C, School of Public Health
Locomotion Lab - Room 0102, School of Public Health