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8th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at WCB 2018, Dublin (Ireland)

We are pleased to announce that the 8th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Dublin (Ireland) in conjunction with the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB) on July 8th-12th 2018.

Date, Time and Venue: Details will be posted soon.

Symposium Details and Purpose: The goal of the session is to bring together established researchers and junior investigators with an interest in Motor Control and Biomechanics, and discuss Motor Control concepts in Biomechanics for a wide range of applications including Robotics, Rehabilitation, Kinesiology, Modeling, Sport Science, and more.

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.

With the support of the De Luca Foundation, MA (USA): The De Luca Foundation was established by Professor Carlo J. De Luca. The goal of the foundation is to recognize researchers in the field of Electromyography and Biomechanics with emphasis on Motor Control. It provides an annual award, the Delsys Prize; and the Emerging Scientist Award administered by the International Society of Biomechanics. Visit De Luca Foundation.

De Luca Foundation “Motor Control” Student Travel Awards: Eight travel awards have been 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. Congratulations to the winners! View here.

Registration and Fee

Attendance is free for all WCB attendees.

Invited Speakers

Each invited talk will be followed by oral presentations. The full schedule of oral and poster presentations can be found below (note that the list does not reflect the order of presentations in the sessions)

Dr. Antonie J. (Ton) van den Bogert

Dr. Antonie van den Bogert

Dr. Robert D. Gregg, IV

Dr. Robert D. Gregg, IV

Motor Control Session I

Tuesday, July 10th 2018
3:10pm - 4:40pm

Invited Talks
A functional and holistic approach to the identification of human motor control.
Antonie J. van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA)
Continuously parameterizing the timing and task adaptations of human locomotion for the control of powered prosthetic legs.
Robert Gregg (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
Oral Presentations
Challenging human locomotion: stability and modular organisation in unsteady conditions.
Alessandro Santuz
Pre-treatment synergy activations are associated with post-treatment gait in cerebral palsy.
Benjamin Shuman
Assessing differences in instantaneous multi-joint coordination of walking and running for typically developing youth using wavelet coherence analysis.
Gregor Kuntze
Investigating the neural control of movement during functional exercise.
Joshua Kline
"You can tell by the way I use my walk." Predicting the presence of cognitive load with gait measurements.
Pritika Dasgupta

Motor Control Session II

5:10pm - 6:40pm

Oral Presentations
The origin of muscle synergies during intact and decerebrate cat locomotion revealed by a neuromechanical model of spinal locomotor control.
Boris I. Prilutsky
Assessing the effects of spatiotemporal asymmetry on intersegmental coordination elicited by slip-like perturbations during walking.
Chang Liu
Nonlinear measures for the analysis of human movement dynamics: a focus on the development of gross motor control in schoolchildren.
Maria Cristina Bisi
Comparing the dimensionality of intramuscular EMGs and joint kinematics during increasingly complex hand movements.
Misagh B. Mansouri
Stability of joint angle dynamics during oscillatory lower limb gaits is task-dependent.
Peter Raffalt
Improvements in dynamic motor control following neurorehabilitation of chronic balance deficits due to prior traumatic brain injury.
Samuel Acuña
Voluntary modulation of redundant muscle activity during gait using visual feedback.
Scott Uhlrich
Experimental model identification of human balanced ball-and-beam systems.
Tamas Insperger
Postural and suprapostural synergies during the sit-to-stand while holding a cup task: an uncontrolled manifold analysis.
Valéria Pinto

Motor Control Session III

Wednesday, July 11th 2018
9:20am - 10:15 am

Oral Presentations
Can muscular synergies be used for an intuitive control of upper limb prostheses? – A clinical analysis.
Alina Kettenbach
Identifying priority tasks during sport motions.
Bruno Watier
A method to analyze free interceptive catching movements.
Marc H. E. de Lussanet
Variability attenuation from step-by-step fluctuations to trunk kinematics of young adults walking at different speeds.
Marcus Vieira
Differences in complexity of motor control between gait patterns in children with cerebral palsy.
Marije Goudriaan
Movement strategies to maintain sitting balance when exposed to aircraft perturbations in a simulated environment: A preliminary kinematic study in people living with a spinal cord injury.
Mathias Blandeau
Fitts’ Law assessment of weighted full body reaching.
Sam Leitkam
Between-hands motor discrepancy in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy and typically developing children.
Wen-Feng Huang

Motor Control Session IV

11:20am - 12:15 am

Oral Presentations
Complementing clinical decision-making with gait signatures: Identifying the effectiveness of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy.
Deepak K Ravi
Unifying forward and inverse models for motor control and recognition into a single neural network.
Heiko Wagner
Predicting in vivo muscle force in running guinea fowl using a Hill-type muscle model that includes titin in active muscle contraction.
Kiisa Nishikawa
Improved coordination and reduced variability contribute to accurate overarm throwing at an early stage of learning.
Masahiro Shinya
Intramuscular measurement of EMG activity of the deep intrinsic foot muscles during walking using a novel insertion technique.
Natalie Collins
Effects of visual feedback on spiral drawing in patients with Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.
Ping En Sun
Modulation of ankle intrinsic stiffness with postural sway.
Pouya Amiri
Changes in mediolateral dynamic balance control during imposed gait asymmetry on a split-belt treadmill strongly depend on passive dynamics in gait.
Tom Buurke
Motor units in children with cerebral palsy present a disorganized muscle state.
Zachary Adams

Poster Presentations

Insights into kinematics of the knee joint using ground reaction control in the UGent knee rig.
Amelie Chevalier

Kinematic and kinetic analysis of quadrupedal locomotion in a slow motor neuron-deleted transgenic mouse line, a possible model for studying the effect of type-selective motor neuron degeneration on locomotor performance.
Ayumu Ono

Intramuscular EMG analysis of coactivation across the extrinsic hand muscles.
Carl R. Beringer

Lower limb joint angle-angle assessment of stiff knee effect on gait and run.
Carlos Rodrigues

The effect of visual feedback on basketball free throw performance.
Casey Wiens

Development of an evaluating system to quantify tremor severity of the patients with Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.
Chen Chun-Yu

The relationship between COM and COP is able to characterize the strategy of posture control during single leg standing.
Chiaki Kanaya

The effects of walking speed and bilateral vestibulopathy on spatiotemporal gait parameters and their variability: preliminary results.
Christopher McCrum

Investigating the basic physiological and biomechanical principles underneath changes in posture during different lifting task: a pilot study combining plantar pressure and muscles activation analysis.
Davide Pavan

Changes in kinematics during stair climbing in persons with gastrocnemius medial head paralysis.
Dongho Park

Modelling isometric-exercise-induced skeletal muscle adaptation.
Ekin Altan

Influence of diabetic neuropathy in the complexity of the foot kinematics during walking.
Eneida Yuri Suda

Stepping onto uneven terrain employs multiple methods to maintain trunk stability.
Gary Mangan

Coordination in gait: demonstration of a spectral approach.
Genevieve Williams

Neuromuscular and motor control analysis of badminton forehand overhead smash at contact time.
Hamidreza Barnamehei

Improvement of pointing operation ability of the cerebral palsies to promote their employment -Estimation of the optimal D/C gain for pointer movement distance.
Hiromi Nishiguchi

Dynamic skill of postural leg support during lateral leg lift while sitting reflects gait performance after stroke.
Hiroshi Yamasaki

Effects of lateral instability on three-dimensional talocrural and subtalar motions during active dorsi-/plantar-flexion of the ankle joint complex measured using bi-plane fluoroscopy.
Hsin Yi Lu

Performance evaluation for the upper and lower extremity control via smart ball in adolescence with intellectual disabilities.
Hsin-Yi Kathy Cheng, Ko-Tung Chen, Yan-Ying Ju

Effect of cervical spinal decompression surgery on control of postural stability during quiet standing in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
Lu-Shiuan Lin

The effects of noise on sensorimotor synchronization of human gait to an external cue.
Jeff Nessler

Configurable dynamical environment simulation platform for studies of whole-body motor control and learning.
Jernej Čamernik

Weight distribution of expert marksmen during a dynamic shooting task.
Jessica Batty

Neuromuscular control of the knee in healthy subjects during perturbed gait: a pilot study.
Jim Schrijvers

Expert marksmen increase postural stability and shooting accuracy during a shooting task.
Jonathan Kaplan

The leap step manoeuvre: a step-lengthening gait adaptation.
Katherine Daniels

Influence of exercise-induced local muscle fatigue on the thumb and index finger forces during precision pinch.
Ke Li

Reaching forward test during standing: a comparison between the young and the elderly.
Ke Li

Effect of 5 weeks overarm throwing practice on variability of sagittal plane angle waveforms in inexperienced individuals.
Ki Kwang Lee

Clinical observations of users of a myo-electric orthosis for the upper extremity. A case series.
Kyle Sherk

Muscle and cortical activity monitoring during walking tasks in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Lisa Alcock

Pre-operative muscle EMG during walking can be used to model post-operative muscle coordination in children with cerebral palsy.
Lorenzo Pitto

The bilateral components of neuromuscular adaptation of lower limbs examined by a novel experimental paradigm based on asymmetric cycling.
Magdalena Zych

Nonlinear identification of EMG-torque dynamics during isometric time-varying contractions.
Mahsa A. Golkar

Effect of preparatory knee flexion-extension movements on subsequent sideways jump-to-reach performance.
Masahiro Fujimoto

Quantification of motor control in Parkinson's disease using nonlinear features of accelerometry.
Matthew Flood

Inter-muscular coordination of forearms and hands during sustained grip contraction.
Na Zhang

The potential contribution of intrinsic motoneuron excitability to muscle weakness and aging.
Nathan Wages

Within- and between-day reliability of stride time variability during continuous overground walking in young healthy adults.
Nicholas Ryan

Strategies of force generation during muscle fatigue.
Paola Contessa

Control properties of motor unit behavior during dynamic movement.
Paola Contessa

Effect of motor, visual, and cognitive demand of smartphone use on gait among young and older adults in laboratory and free-living environments.
Patima Silsupadol

Models using Fourier series approximation for the detection of disturbances during gait: a pilot study.
Philippe Pudlo

Upper leg electromyographic activity during maximal isometric and dynamic contractions: considerations for signal normalization in young and old women.
Remco Baggen

High-density electromyographic identification of neuromuscular determinants of drop jump performance across varying drop heights.
Robert Schuster

Heterogeneity in the simulated properties of adjacently recruited motor units obtained via the onion skin and after-hyperpolarisation schemes.
Samantha Winter

Individual activity of femoral muscles detected by electromyography computed tomography (wireless EMG-CT).
Satoshi Yamada

On the manipulability and stability of human locomotion.
Sjoerd Bruijn

Modelling the dynamics of human balancing on rolling balance board in the frontal plane.
Tamas Insperger

Long-term reliability of motor unit discharge rates in tibialis anterior obtained by decomposition of the surface electromyographic signal.
Thomas Hoshizaki

Muscle co-contraction in femoroacetabular impingement.
Trevor N. Savage

Comparison of bilateral coordination between symmetrical and asymmetrical reach–to-grasp tasks in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Tsai-Yu Shih

Hip circumduction is not a compensation for reduced knee flexion during gait.
Tunc Akbas

Effects of attentional focus instructions in the synergy of the sit-to-stand task: an uncontrolled manifold analysis.
Valéria Pinto

Postural Sway during Quiet Standing in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain after Lumbar Surgery: A Longitudinal Study.
Wei-Jin Wong

Visual effects on grip force control for two-digit manipulation of objects with different centers of mass.
Wenjing Hu

Influence of exercise-induced local muscle fatigue on the thumb and index finger forces during precision pinch.
Wenjing Hu

Influence of arch-support insoles on postural stability and shooting performance in basketball players after physical fatigue.
Wing-Kai Lam

The adaptive changes in sit to sit movement following lumbar spinal fusion.
Yi-Hsuan lee

Comparison of control quality of body’s center of mass motion relative to center of pressure between treadmill and over-ground walking.
Yi-Kuan Liu

Distributions of Motor Unit Firing Rates Describe Muscle Activity Better than Motor Unit Firing Rates.
Zachary Adams

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