Research focus

The research focus of the Laboratory for Motion Biomechanics at ETH Zurich are in understanding human movements and loads on the musculoskeletal system. Situations in everyday life and during sports activities, as well as in pathology and rehabilitation are examined. The improved understanding supports training and rehabilitation processes as well as clinical decision making in the field of orthopaedic and neuromotor pathologies.

Equipment Used

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 Cometa Pico (EMG) sensors are small, light-weight and have on-board storage to allow measurements in the field. Easy to attach and easy to charge, the long battery life, the high signal-to-noise ratio and the wireless range are other features that make the aktos the best EMG system on the market today.

CONTEMPLAS motion analysis supports the investigation of complex problems. Using synchronized high-speed videos, the scientists are able to view and analyze fast and complex movements from different perspectives repeatedly and in slow motion. 


The interdisciplinary group is known for answering complex questions based on precise measurements, sophisticated analysis and modelling. They develop medical and biomechanical technologies and evaluate their accuracy. An important development is the mobile video fluoroscope. This device is unique and allows the capture of the 3D kinematics of the joints while walking or climbing stairs. This allows the in vivo movement of knee implants to be reconstructed in three dimensions. This will provide important insights for further research and therapies.

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