FSG3085 Human Movement Analysis and Modeling 3.0 credits

Rörelseanalys och modellering

This course consists of experiments in human movement analysis, with assignments in modeling.  This course is aimed towards PhD students in musculoskeletal or neuromuscular biomechanics. It should ideally be taken early in PhD studies.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course focuses first on the experimental motion analysis of humans, in which active cameras record motion from small markers placed on the subjects, after which a model to calculate actual joint motion and loading is used. This experimental motion analysis can then be implemented into musculoskeletal modeling software, after which muscle activations, anatomical structure, loading conditions and material properties can be modified to represent, for example, presence of pathology, which may change the strategy of the motion.

The motion capture will take place at Karolinska University Hospital and the simulation, at KTH Engineering Science, Mechanics. The cuorsewill require familiarity with motion capture and anaysis software from Vicon Motion Systems. The program SIMM by Musculographics Inc. is central to the course, with the additional module Dynamic Pipeline, which provides a pipeline between the biomechanical model and the calculated equations of motion in the underlying program SD/Fast.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the concepts and implementation of motion analysis in hospital and research settings
  • Implement experimental motion analysis data into a computerized musculoskeletal modeling environment
  • Understand how experimental errors may translate into numerical errors and possibly propagate
  • Have a basic understanding of motion capture software
  • Have a good understanding of graphics-based biomechanical modeling software

Course Disposition

The course begins with a series of experiments in the motion analysis laboratory, after which three modeling assignments based on the experimental data are given.  Students can work in groups but must present their material independently.  A final project is to be completed individually, according to instructions. A short presentation to the instructor and other students is required.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Participants should be enrolled in a PhD program related to biomechanics.

Recommended prerequisites

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The instructor will prepare relevant publications and material.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Other requirements for final grade *

    Final project.  All three assignments and final project are compulsory. The grading scale is Pass/Fail.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Elena Gutierrez Farewik

    Further information

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    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

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    Lanie Gutierrez Farewik

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mechanics