The aim of the Ability Lab is to empower human mobility through engineering and design. Our focus is understanding how the complexities of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems enable movement and using this knowledge to inspire new pathways that can enhance performance. Using engineering as a foundation enables us to explore the complex systems of the human body and create innovative designs. We take a human-centered design approach and work closely with patients, clinicians, and families to receive feedback and refine our designs. Whether on the athletic field, in the clinic, or at home we seek to understand how humans move, what happens when things go wrong, and how we can improve treatment and enhance quality of life. Let’s get moving!
Dr. Steele is awarded the BTS Congress Prize at the World Conference on Clinical Movement Analysis.
Gaurav Mukherjee is awarded a UWIN Neural Engineering Graduate Fellowship!
The senior design teams meet with Ivan Owen and Ann Yamane to discuss their latest design for open-source orthoses.
- Using simulation to evaluate the impact of the number and choice of muscles on synergy analysis – Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
- Evaluating the contribution of individual muscles to trunk angular accelerations - Journal of Biomechanics
- Improving conceptual understanding in statics using feedback and concept inventories – International Journal of Engineering Education
- Oct 22: Dr. Steele presents at the ASME Dynamics Systems & Controls conference in San Antonio, TX
- Oct. 25: Dr. Steele presents at the Biomedical Engineering Conference in San Antonio, TX
- Oct. 29: Dr. Steele will speak at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering on using simulation and synergies to understand altered neuromuscular control
Lab Meeting Schedule
- 9/25: Fall Goals
- 10/2: Review Hwan’s Manuscript
- 10/9: Review GCMAS Abstracts
- 10/16: Gaurav & Alex: wrist orthosis literature review
- 10/23: Journal Club (new papers)
- 10/30: Avleen results & next steps
- 11/6: Journal Club (classic papers)
- 11/20: Journal Club (new papers)
- 11/27: Turkey day – no meeting
- 12/4: Ben – manuscript draft
- 12/11: Journal Club (classic papers)