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Energetics of Locomotion

Humans usually walk in a way that is energetically optimal. However, small changes to the gait pattern, such as alterations in arm swing, step length, or step width, change the metabolic energy required for walking. In this project we investigate how these small changes affect energetic cost of locomotion, and whether we can use these changes to understand how much energy is used for propulsion and maintaining stability.

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Launch Date: 2017

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Sensory information for control of gait stability

Sensory information for control of gait stability

In this project we study how the brain can estimate the kinematics of the body center of mass during walking from sensory information to control foot placement in order to maintain gait stability.

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