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Posted on September 26, 2016

Professor Carlo John De Luca: in Memoriam

carlo de luca 2The Working Group in Motor Control is saddened by the death of its distinguished founder, Professor Carlo John De Luca, who passed away on July 20, 2016.  A pioneer in the use of muscle recordings (Electromyography) for the study of human movement, he is recognized for introducing engineering principles to the field of Neurophysiology and for combining principles of Motor Control with the fundamentals of Biomechanics. His research has made breakthroughs on the frontiers of neuromuscular control, signal processing, and electromyographic sensor technology. Like Galileo Galilei, Professor De Luca challenged the status quo, with the understanding that empirical methods prevail over ideology to withstand the test of time. His accomplishments are well recognized: he was recently appointed a Fellow of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK 2016), he received the 2012 Borelli Award (American Society of Biomechanics), and was invited to give the 1993 Wartenweiler Memorial Lecture (International Society of Biomechanics).

Professor De Luca believed strongly in the need to bridge Motor Control and Biomechanics to advance research in these fields.  Thanks to his efforts, the Working Group in Motor Control was established as a Seed Group affiliated with the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) at the XXIV Congress of ISB in Natal (Brazil), in 2013.  It was later recognized as a Working Group of ISB at the XXV Congress of ISB in Glasgow in 2015.

Although saddened by the passing of Professor De Luca, we remain committed to the goal of fostering the interest in scientific work that bridges the fields of Motor Control and Biomechanics.  The Working Group in Motor Control will continue to honor Professor De Luca’s legacy, provide a forum to highlight research at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics, and offer opportunities for both young and established investigators to interact and advance research in these fields.

 

5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB 2017, Brisbane (Australia)

The ISB Working Group in Motor Control is pleased to announce that the 5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Brisbane (Australia) during the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) on July 23rd-27th 2017.

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.

Check our website for updates in the coming months.  We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane!

 

Thank you for participating in the 4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISEK 2016, Chicago (USA)

We would like to thank the attendees of the 4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for a great event. The Symposium was held on Tuesday July 5th 2016 on the preconference day of the XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).

motor control at isek

The symposium featured the following internationally distinguished researchers (see the event flyer for details):

Opening: Paola Contessa (Delsys Inc., USA)

Invited Speakers:

  • Joshua C. Kline (Delsys Inc., USA) “The empirically unsupported practice of estimating common synaptic inputs”
  • Andrea D’Avella (Universita' di Messina and Santa Lucia Foundation, Italy) “Muscle synergies: biomechanical epiphenomenon or neural control strategy?”
  • Paul Hodges (University of Queensland, Australia) “Probing muscle coordination with electromyography: Lessons from adaptation to pain”
  • Patrick Crago (Case Western Reserve University, USA) “Augmenting voluntary reach and grasp in stroke survivors by functional electrical stimulation”

Thank you all for participating and see you at our next event at ISB 2017!

 

ISB Working Group in Motor Control
Paola Contessa, Delsys Inc. (USA)

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