Institute of Movement and Neurosciences

The goal of our research group is to understand the interaction between the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and the control of movement by the neural system in everyday and sports activities. The knowledge gained will help facilitate effective interventions and adaptive assistive systems that address individuals’ needs to restore or improve their ability to move at home, at work, or in sports. In vivo measurement techniques to analyze muscle and tendon properties and their functionality based on ultrasound have been established and complement the classical methods of motion analysis (3D inverse dynamics, EMG, 3D inverse kinematics). Research projects in elite sports, child and adolescent development, space (e.g. SarcoLab3, Myotones, CerISS, MoLo1, MoLo2), Robotics (e.g. RoboGym) and clinical application are realized with national (e.g. BEC, KUKA, DLR, RWTH Aachen, Charite Berlin, KIT Karlsruhe) and international partners (e.g. ESA, NASA, University of Bath, Padua, Milan, King’s College London).

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Vantage is Vicon’s flagship range of cameras. The sensors have resolutions of 5, 8 and 16 megapixels, with sample rates up to 2000Hz – this allows you to capture fast movements with very high accuracy. The cameras also have built-in temperature and bump sensors, as well as a clear display, to warn you if cameras have moved physically or due to thermal expansion. High-powered LEDs and sunlight filters mean that the Vantage is also the best choice for outdoor use and large volumes.

The compact Vero cameras have sensor resolutions of either 1.3 or 2.2 megapixels. The camera has a variable zoom lens, which makes it especially suited for smaller capture volumes where it is especially important to have an optimum field of view. The Vero’s attractive price combined with its light weight and small size makes it a great choice for smaller labs and studios.

Vicon Nexus has been designed for the requirements and workflow of Life Science users. Data recording and processing can be fully customized to fit your requirements (for example by including your own marker sets and biomechanical models), and then automated so that routine tasks require only a mouse click. Data is hierarchically organized in the data management, and direct interfaces to MATLAB and Python allow data to be processed without the need to export and import data files.

RoboGym – The world’s first personalized robotic training system

By using a biomechanical musculoskeletal model, RoboGym is able to identify the most efficient and ergonomic range of motion for the athletes. Based on this model, the robotic training system actively adapts to the athlete’s anatomy. For example, the robot specifically adjusts resistance and movement to the user’s positions and timing. In addition, the RoboGym presents direct bio-feedback to prevent any injuries to joints during rehabilitation and training. The measured training data is then automatically embedded into a cloud-connected digital clone of the athlete, making it available for individual use at any time.

To enable this dynamic adaptation, the RoboGym uses various sensors as well as Artificial Intelligence. The motion data required to create the algorithm was recorded using Vicon Motion Capture.

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