Neuromechanics Research Core

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0110C, 0102 SPH Building
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301-405-8154

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 Media Exposure "Super, Natural Cows Make the Best Sports Recovery Drink" http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/super-natural-cows-make-best-sports-recovery-drink
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.

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

We are very proud of our collaborations with...

Adam Hsieh, PhD.
Assistant Professor 
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland

Norman Wereley, PhD.
Professor
Aerospace Engineering
University of Maryland

Hiroaki Hobara, PhD.
National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology 
Japan

Brian Frasure, CP
Certified Prosthetist
Paralympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist

Craig Carignan, PhD.
Research Associate 
Aerospace Engineering
University of Maryland

Miao Yu, PhD. 
Associate Professor 
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland

Ben Hurley, PhD. 
Professor
Department of Kinesiology
University of Maryland

Young-Hoo Kwon, PhD. 
Associate Professor 
Department of Kinesiology
Texas Woman's University

Jane Clark, PhD.
Dean, School of Public Health 
University of Maryland 

John Jeka, PhD. 
Professor 
Department of Kinesiology
University of Maryland

Mark Latash, PhD. 
Professor 
Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University

Vladimir Zatsiorsky, PhD. 
Professor 
Department of Kinesiology
Penn State University 

Bumchul Yoon, PT, PhD
Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Korea University

Changkook Kim, PhD
Professor
Department of Physical Education
Korea University

Yoon Hyuk Kim, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kyung Hee University

You-Sin Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Leisure Sports
Jungwon University

Brian Baum, PhD 
Department of Defense

Erik Wolf, PhD
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Junfeng Huang, PhD

Sohit Karol, PhD.
Microsoft Windows Research Lab

James Chuo, MD

Woosub Kim, M.D., Ph.D. 
Seoul Veteran's Hospital

Mitsuo Otsuka, Ph.D.
Ritsumeikan University

Yong-Seok Cho, Ph.D.
Dept. of Electronic & Information Engineering
Konyang University, Republic of Korea

 

Selected Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

          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, 2012.

  • 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, 2012.

  • Hook A, Karol S, Park JB, Kim YH, Shim JK. Handwriting: 3-d kinetic synergies in circle drawing movements.Motor Control. [e-published ahead of print].

  • 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. [in print].

  • Seo NJ, Shim JK, Engel A, Enders L. Grip surface affects maximum pinch force. Human Factors. [in print].​

  • 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, accepted.

  • Russell EM, Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Hamill J (2012). Lateral wedges alter mediolateral load distributions at the knee joint in obese individuals. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, accepted.

  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Caldwell GE (2012). Sensitivity of maximum sprinting speed to characteristic parameters of the muscle force-velocity relationship. Journal of Biomechanics 45, 1406-1413.

  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, and Caldwell GE (2012). Limitations to maximum sprinting speed imposed by muscle mechanical properties. Journal of Biomechanics 45, 1092-1097.

  • Miller RH, Umberger BR, Hamill J, and Caldwell GE (2012). 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.

  • John D, Miller RH, Kozey-Keadle SL, Caldwell GE, and Freedson PS (2012). Biomechanical examination of the plateau phenomenon in ActiGraph vertical activity counts. Physiological Measurement 33, 219-230.

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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 system
  • Runway with 10 Kistler strain gauge force plates
  • 16 channel Delsys Trigno wireless electromyography system
  • CosMed K4b2 portable pulmonary gas exchange system

 

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

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