We are glad to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for the Motor Control session at the upcoming 8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB), 8-12 July 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract Submission: Motor Control Session @ WCB 2018

Deadline: December 19, 2017

Procedure:
  1. Register with the abstract submission website
  2. Submit your abstract following the instructions specified here
  3. Choose Locomotion and Human Movement as category (congress track)
  4. Choose Motor Control as subcategory (session)
  5. If you wish to be considered for the De Luca Foundation “Motor Control” Student Travel Award, select this award from the list of available Student Travel Bursaries

De Luca Foundation “Motor Control” Student Travel Awards: Eight travel awards will be offered by the De Luca Foundation to the best abstracts submitted for the motor control session. The awards consist of an amount of US $ 500. Guidelines can be found here.

Upcoming Symposia

Motor Control Symposium at When Where
65th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) May 29-June 2 2018 Minneapolis, USA
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8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) 8-12 July 2018 Dublin, Ireland
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Additional details and schedule of the symposia will be posted on our website soon.

We look forward to seeing you at these events,

ISB Working Group in Motor Control



Thank you to all the attendees of the 6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics, and to all who submitted an abstract for the symposium.

The event was held on Tuesday and Wednesday July 25th-26th 2017 during the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Brisbane, Australia (more information below).

The next symposia on Motor Control in Biomechanics are currently being planned for:

Check our website in the following months for updates.

6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB 2017, Brisbane (Australia)

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The symposium featured internationally distinguished researchers in the field of Motor Control and Biomechanics (see flyer for details), oral and poster presentations from abstract submissions.

Invited Speakers


Carlo J. De Luca Memorial Session

A special memorial session to honor the lifelong contributions of Professor Carlo J. De Luca, founder of the Motor Control Group, to the fields of Motor Control, Biomechanics, and Human Movement Sciences closed the symposium. The session included contributions from Dr. William Z. Rymer (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, USA), Dr. Serge Roy (Delsys Inc. & Boston University, USA), and Dr. Roberto Merletti (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

For more information on the scientific contributions of Prof. De Luca and his commitment to fostering research and innovation in Electromyography, Motor Control, and Human Movement Sciences, please visit www.delucafoundation.org/about/carlo


1st Motor Control Group Student Award

Congratulations to Miss Gwenllian F. Tawy, doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (UK), who was awarded the 2017 Motor Control Group Student Award for her abstract submission titled: “Investigating gait variability and motor control in knee osteoarthritis”.

This is the first edition of the Motor Control Group Student Award sponsored by ISB. The 500 US $ award aims at encouraging the participation of students and young investigators in Motor Control research.


Many thanks to all of the speakers and attendees for making the 6th Symposium of Motor Control in Biomechanics a success.

We look forward to seeing you at WCB 2018 and ACSM 2018!


The 5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics was held on Tuesday May 30th 2017 at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver (USA).

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The initiative, organized by Dr. Paola Contessa, Dr. Joseph Hamill, Dr. Irene Davis, and Dr. Brian Noehren and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured internationally renowned speakers in the field of Motor Control and Biomechanics (see flyer for details).

Dr. Joshua Kline (Delsys Inc, USA) opened the session by presenting the importance of bridging the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics.

The talks included an honorary lecture from Prof. Matt Stock (University of Central Florida, USA) in memory of the life and contributions of the Dr. Travis Beck. Scientific presentations followed by Prof. Gert-Peter Brüggemann (German Sports University, Germany) on the effect of perturbation of habitual joint movement paths on extrinsic foot muscle metabolism, motor control and neuromuscular fatigue in cyclic exercise, Prof. Katherine Boyer (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) on movement coordination and variability to understand pathological gait, Prof. Bryan Heiderscheit (University of Wisconsin, USA) on self-selected running form, Dr. Joshua C. Kline (Delsys Inc, USA) on motor unit firing behavior during fatigue and Mr. Michael Trevino, on the relationship between motor unit firing behavior and myosin heavy chain composition.

Many thanks to all of the speakers and attendees for making the symposium a success.

The next Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics is currently being planned for the next ISB Congress in Brisbane, Australia, 23-27 July 2017. Details here.


Professor Carlo John De Luca: in Memoriam

Professor Carlo John De Luca: in MemoriamThe Working Group in Motor Control is saddened by the death of its distinguished founder, Professor Carlo John De Luca, who passed away on July 20, 2016. A pioneer in the use of muscle recordings (Electromyography) for the study of human movement, he is recognized for introducing engineering principles to the field of Neurophysiology and for combining principles of Motor Control with the fundamentals of Biomechanics. His research has made breakthroughs on the frontiers of neuromuscular control, signal processing, and electromyographic sensor technology. Like Galileo Galilei, Professor De Luca challenged the status quo, with the understanding that empirical methods prevail over ideology to withstand the test of time. His accomplishments are well recognized: he was recently appointed a Fellow of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2016), he received the 2012 Borelli Award (American Society of Biomechanics), and was invited to give the 1993 Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture (International Society of Biomechanics).

Professor De Luca believed strongly in the need to bridge Motor Control and Biomechanics to advance research in these fields. Thanks to his efforts, the Working Group in Motor Control was established as a Seed Group affiliated with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil), in 2013. It was later recognized as a Working Group of ISB at the XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow in 2015.

Although saddened by the passing of Professor De Luca, we remain committed to the goal of fostering the interest in scientific work that bridges the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics. The Working Group in Motor Control will continue to honor Professor De Luca’s legacy, provide a forum to highlight research at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics, and offer opportunities for both young and established investigators to interact and advance research in these fields.


5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB 2017, Brisbane (Australia)

The ISB Working Group in Motor Control is pleased to announce that the 5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Brisbane (Australia) during the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) on July 23rd-27th 2017.

Who Should Attend: Researchers and students with an interest in Biomechanics and Motor Control should attend. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the latest developments in these fields and discuss with experienced investigators.

Check our website for updates in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane!


4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISEK 2016, Chicago (USA)

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Thank you to all the attendees of the 4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics.

The Symposium was held on Tuesday July 5th 2016 on the workshop day of the Meeting of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) in Chicago (USA).

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured the following internationally distinguished researchers:

Opening Invited Speakers See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!

The next Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics is currently being planned for the next ISB Congress in Brisbane, Australia, 23-27 July 2017. More details coming soon…


3rd Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ACSM 2016, Boston (USA)

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We would like to thank the attendees of the 3rd Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for another great event.

The Symposium was held on Tuesday May 31st 2016 on the pre-conference day of the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Boston, USA

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured the following internationally distinguished researchers: See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!


From Seed Group to Working Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)


The Motor Control Group was established as a Seed Group of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil), 2013.

We are very pleased to announce that ISB has approved the Motor Control Group to become a Working Group of ISB (https://isbweb.org/about-us/isb-tech-groups) at the past XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow, 2015.

The affiliation recognizes the interest of the Biomechanics community in Motor Control and aims at strengthening the link between the two fields.


2nd ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
at ISB 2015, Glasgow (UK)

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We would like to thank the attendees of the 2nd ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for a great event.

The Symposium was held on Sunday July 12th 2015 on the opening day of the XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Glasgow, UK.

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Seed Group in Motor Control, featured a Keynote Lecture by Professor Paavo Komi from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and the following internationally distinguished researchers: See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating!


1st ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
at WCB 2014, Boston (USA)


We are very pleased to announce that the 1st ISB Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics has been a great success.

The ISB Symposium was held on July 8th 2014 during the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) in Boston, USA. The session was organized by Professor Carlo J. De Luca (Boston University, USA) and Professor Philip Rowe (University of Strathclyde, UK) (see here for details). It featured a keynote Lecture by Professor Zev Rymer from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the following internationally distinguished researchers: The wide interest in the symposium was evident by the numerous attendees that included over 400 researchers and students (ISBNOW newsletter).

Thank you all for participating!