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Technical Groups Report March 2018 by Elizabeth Clarke

Posted on April 5, 2018

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International

HWBI IS ACCEPTING MEMBERS… MEMBERSHIP IS FREE!

Hand and Wrist Biomechanics International (HWBI) was officially formed in 2012 on the 20 year anniversary of the International Symposium on Hand and Wrist Biomechanics. The vision for this core interest group has been to enhance the advancement of hand and wrist biomechanics and its clinical application by facilitating interdisciplinary scientific exchange among engineers, surgeons, therapists, and others. If you are interested in actively engaging in this mission, we invite you to fill out the online membership form. At this time, membership is free. To fill out the membership form, click here (http://www.hwbi.org/membership).

Motor Control Group

Upcoming Symposia on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ACSM 2018 and WCB 2018

We are pleased to announce two upcoming Symposia of the ISB Working Group in Motor Control in conjunction with the ACSM 2018 and WCB 2018 conferences. The Symposia will feature internationally renowned speakers presenting their work at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics.
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.

7th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ACSM 2018

“Innovative techniques towards a new approach to sports and exercise” (see flyer)

When: Tuesday May 29th 2018, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: 65th American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) Meeting, Minneapolis (USA)
Registration and Fee: Attendance is free. If you would like to attend, please register here.

Invited Speakers:

  • Dr. Darryl Thelen (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Dr. João Paulo Vilas-Boas (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Dr. Ezio Preatoni (University of Bath, UK)
  • Dr. Ross Miller (University of Maryland, USA)
  • Dr. Angus Hunter (University of Stirling, UK)
  • Dr. Jasper Reenalda (Roessingh Research and Development, University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Mr. Oladipo Eddo (George Mason University, USA)

8th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at WCB 2018 (see flyer here)

When: 8th-12th July 2018
Where: 8th World Congress of Biomechanics (WCB), Dublin (Ireland)
Registration and Fee: Attendance is free for all WCB attendees. Registration is open on the WCB 2018 website

Invited Speakers: Each invited talk will be followed by oral presentations. The full schedule will be announced soon.

  • Dr. Antonie J. (Ton) van den Bogert (Cleveland State University, USA)
  • Dr. Robert D. Gregg, IV (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

De Luca Foundation, MA (USA): The Symposium is kindly sponsored by the De Luca Foundation. The De Luca Foundation was established by Professor Carlo J. De Luca. The goal of the foundation is to recognize researchers in the field of Electromyography and Biomechanics with emphasis on Motor Control. It provides an annual award, the Delsys Prize; and the Emerging Scientist Award administered by ISB.

For additional details, see http://www.mcg.isbweb.org/ or contact us at info@mcg.isbweb.org

We look forward to seeing you at these Events!
Sincerely, ISB Working Group in Motor Control

International Shoulder Group

Preparations for the 12th Meeting of the International Shoulder Group (ISG) are underway! This year’s ISG meeting will be held immediately after the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) meeting, from August 12-13, 2018, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. Dr. Melissa (Missy) Morrow and Dr. Meghan Vidt, along with the ISG Executive Board are finalizing preparations for the biennial meeting of this ISB technical group. This year’s meeting will feature a diverse an enriching program, with discussions encompassing surgical, rehabilitation, experimental, basic science, and computational modeling aspects as they relate to all things shoulder. The program will also feature a single track of podium presentations and posters to spark discussion among attendees. Unique to this year’s program, all keynotes will be complementary pairs featuring prominent women researchers in the field. This meeting also provides ample opportunity for student engagement, and shoulder enthusiasts at all levels and disciplines are encouraged to attend. ISG has also received generous support from the ISB to sponsor student and presentation awards for this meeting. Registration for the meeting will be open from May 1st – July 31st, so mark your calendars and get ready for in-depth discussions about shoulder research. We look forward to seeing you in Rochester in August!  More information can be found at CE.MAYO.EDU/ISG2018.

Footwear Biomechanics Group

The Footwear Biomechanics Group will be active in 2018. Scheduled so far are dedicated FBG sessions at the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics Community (i-FAB) in New York, USA on April 8-11, 2018 and the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland from July 8-12, 2018.

At the WCB, invited speakers, Dr. Wolfgang Potthast (German Sport Univeristy Cologne) and Dr. Sharon Dixon (University of Exeter), will be presenting their most recent research in footwear biomechanics along with other leading researchers.

Upcoming 2019 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium

The Footwear Biomechanics Symposium is the official conference of the Footwear Biomechanics Group, a technical group of the International Society of Biomechanics with the aim to encourage research and promote discussion of biomechanical issues related to functional footwear, including sport shoes, clinical and prescription footwear and footwear designed for special purposes.

The 14th Biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium will be held immediately prior to the 27th ISB Congress, at the beautiful Delta Lodge in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada from July 28 – July 30, 2019. The conference organizers and the University of Calgary, in association with the Footwear Biomechanics Group, cordially invites all colleagues to share and discuss various topics related to footwear science.

The conference program will include three world renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Thor Besier (University of Auckland), Dr. Richard Kent (University of Virginia) and Dr. Rodger Kram (University of Colorado Boulder) plus multiple special invited speakers and many additional oral and poster presentations over the course of three days. The conference not only includes many ground-breaking presentations within the realm of Footwear Science from academics all over the world, but the conference is fortunate to have a large industry presence including scientists and representatives from many of the top footwear companies. Aside from the many academic discussions and presentations, attendees will be invited to take part in multiple social activities throughout the course of the conference, including special student functions, which may provide students with networking opportunities with academic researchers and the many industry/footwear companies that are present at the event.  Details of the full academic and social program will be available in the near future.

Following conclusion of the academic program, the symposium is capped off with the banquet, which will include the presentation of many scientific awards for papers presented during the conference.

Additional details and information on the conference is available online at http://fbs2019.footwearbiomechanics.org. We hope to see you there!

The ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation

The ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation has a current membership totaling 209 from 32 different countries. Elections were held for the Executive Board in September 2017 resulting in the following:

Newly elected (first term) members

  • Jeff Reinbolt (Chair)
  • Mark King (Secretary)
  • B.J. Fregly (General member)
  • Michael Skipper Anderson (General member)
  • Dario Cazzola (General member)
  • Pavlos Silvetros (Student member)
  • Continued (second term) general members
  • Allison Kinney
  • Marko Ackermann

Two new members, Dario Cazzola and Michael Skipper Anderson, organizing an ISB session at World Congress of Biomechanics titled “ISB Session 1 – Computer Simulation of Human Movement.”

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XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics

Posted on July 4, 2017

Plans are being finalised as we speak for the 16th meeting of the ISB Technical group on computer simulation, July 20th - 22nd 2017 at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus (http://isbweb.org/~tgcs/iscsb-2017/index.html).  28 abstracts have been accepted with seven candidates for the Andrzej Komor Young Investigators Award, plus two keynote lectures; Associate Professor Thor Besier (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Professor Federico Casolo (Milan, Italy).  In addition an OpenSim computer workshop will be held on the 20th.  As usual there will be the usual mix of presentations and computer demonstrations along with the prestigious Andrzej Komor Young Investigators Award.  If you haven’t registered then it’s not too late (http://isbweb.org/~tgcs/iscsb-2017/register.htm) and we looking forward to see you there.

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6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB 2017

Posted on July 4, 2017

We are pleased to announce the list of invited speakers at the upcoming symposium of the ISB Working Group in Motor Control.

When: 23-24 July 2017, in conjunction with the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)

Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Invited Speakers: Each invited talk will be followed by oral presentations (see flyer here)

  • Penelope McNulty (Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Martina Mancini (Oregon Health and Science University, USA)
  • John H. Challis (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Fuminari Kaneko (Sapporo Medical University, Japan)

The symposium will close with a Special Session: Lifelong Contributions of Carlo De Luca to the Study of Human Movement: Motor Control Innovations

Opening:

  • William Z. Rymer (USA)

Speakers:

  • Serge Roy (Delsys Inc. & Boston University, USA)
  • Roberto Merletti (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

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.

For additional details, see http://www.mcg.isbweb.org/ or contact us at info@mcg.isbweb.org

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane!

Sincerely,

ISB Working Group in Motor Control

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News from the Working Group in Motor Control

Posted on December 19, 2016

As the new year approaches, we would like to share the news of two exciting events that will take place in 2017.

Both events will feature internationally renowned speakers presenting their work at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics. We invite you to join us to discover the latest developments in these fields and discuss with experienced investigators.

 

5th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
When: May 30th 2017
Where: 64th ACSM Meeting, Denver (USA)

Info and Registration: Attendance is free to ACSM participants. Please register here.  For information and updates see mcg.isbweb.org/5th-symposium.html

 

6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics
When: July 25th-26th 2017
Where: XXVI ISB Congress, Brisbane (Australia)

Award: A US$500 award sponsored by ISB will be assigned to a student/researcher who submits an abstract to the Motor Control symposium.

Abstract Submission: Abstract submission for oral and poster presentation is now open on the ISB 2017 website.  Make sure to select the presentation type “Oral/Poster Presentation for the Motor Control Working Group (MC)”.  Deadline: January 13, 2017

Info and Registration: Attendance is free to ISB participants. Register on the ISB 2017 website.  For information and updates see mcg.isbweb.org/6th-symposium.html
We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Paola Contessa, Delsys Inc.

ISB Working Group in Motor Control

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XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics

Posted on December 19, 2016

On behalf of the organising committee I’m delighted to announce the details for the 16th meeting of the ISB Technical group on computer simulation, which will be held on July 20th -22nd 2017 at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus (http://isbweb.org/~tgcs/iscsb-2017/index.html).  Abstract submission is now open – see website for abstract template and submission details (deadline 20th February 2017).

Two keynote lectures are confirmed as; Associate Professor Thor Besier (University of Auckland, New Zealand) and Professor Federico Casolo (Milan, Italy).  In addition an OpenSim computer workshop will be held on the 20th.  As usual there will be the usual mix of presentations and computer demonstrations along with the prestigious Andrzej Komor Young Investigators Award.

Thor Besier

Federico Casolo

 

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Motor Control Working Group

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).

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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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Report from International Shoulder Group and other upper limb news!

Posted on September 26, 2016

The International Shoulder Group held its 11th conference in Winterthur, Switzerland, July 14-16 2016. We had a very successful meeting with participants from 13 countries, and more than 40 presentations on a range of shoulder topics. Our host Daniel Baumgartner put together a great meeting, including two interesting keynote speeches by PD Dr. Matthias Zumstein and Prof. Tobias Nef, an OpenSim workshop on shoulder modelling leaded by Dr. Dimitra Blana and Dr. Ricardo Matias, and an exciting social program.

Full papers based on conference presentations will be published as part of a Special Issue on the upper limb in International Biomechanics, thanks to the collaboration with Prof. Anthony Bull. All papers will be open-access, and the guest editors will be Daniel Baumgartner and Dimitra Blana.

We look forward to seeing all those interested in shoulder and upper-limb biomechanics at the sessions of the ISG during the next ISB Conference in Brisbane!

Ed's Note:

In other upper limb news, the ISB has endorsed a meeting organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering entitled: Engineering the Upper Limb. This is to take place in London on 12-13 December and features keynote talks from ISB regulars Wendy Murray (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Dario Farina (University Medical Center Göttingen). There is still a few days left to submit an abstract! See the website for more details: http://events.imeche.org/ViewEvent?code=con6414.

 

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4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISEK 2016

Posted on June 17, 2016

Prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control are pleased to announce that the 4th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Chicago (USA) on July 5th 2016 on the preconference day of the XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).

The event will feature internationally renowned speakers presenting their work at the intersection of Motor Control and Biomechanics. See the event flyer for details.

When: July 5th 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Where: XXI ISEK Meeting, Chicago, IL (USA)

Registration and Fee: Please visit the ISEK website for registration information (see Workshop 1B).

 

Opening: Carlo J. De Luca (Boston University & 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”

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 and registration information.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


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We would like to thank the attendees of the 3rd Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics for another outstanding event.

The Symposium was held on Tuesday May 31st 2016 on the pre-conference day of the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Boston, USA.

The Initiative, organized by prof. Carlo J. De Luca and the ISB Working Group in Motor Control, featured the following internationally distinguished researchers:

 

  • Irene S. Davis (Spaulding National Running Center, USA) “Gait Retraining to Reduce Injury Risk in Runners”
  • Jim Richards (University of Central Lancashire, UK) “Skin, Brain, Muscle, Movement: Can proprioceptive interventions such as taping and bracing change neuromuscular control?”
  • Joshua Kline (Delsys, Inc., USA) “Transposed firing activation of motor units”
  • Joseph Hamill (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) “Head and tibial acceleration as a function of stride frequency and visual feedback during running”
  • Jason DeFreitas (Oklahoma State University, USA) “Using dEMG to assess motor unit adaptations with training”
  • Alessio Puleo (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) “Is the notion of central fatigue based on a solid foundation?”

 

See the event flyer for details.

Thank you all for participating and see you at our next event at ISEK 2016!

 

Symposium Organizers

Carlo J. De Luca, Boston University & Delsys Inc. (USA)
Paola Contessa, Delsys Inc. (USA)

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International Shoulder Group update

Posted on April 4, 2016

The 11th biennial Conference of the International Shoulder Group will be held in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Thu 14th – Sat 16th July 2016. It is organized by the IMES Institute for Mechanical Systems at the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences. The programme is now online (pdf).

Highlights include:

  • An OpenSim Workshop that will introduce a new shoulder model with an improved description of the scapulothoracic and glenohumeral joints. The workshop will include a brief overview of the OpenSim software, and hands-on examples using the new model to investigate shoulder mobility-related dysfunctions.
  • Keynote speeches from PD Dr Matthias Zumstein, Head of Shoulder, Elbow and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University Hospital of Berne, and Prof. Dr. Tobias Nef, Head of the Gerontechnology & Rehabilitation ARTORG Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research in Berne.
  • 33 oral and 10 poster presentations, with presenters coming from 12 different countries
  • An optional one-day trip to the Swiss Alps on the day after the conference.

Pleaser register by Friday May 13th for the reduced rate, and if you would like to attend the Opensim Workshop, remember to tick the box on the registration form.

Updates from the Technical Groups

Posted on December 23, 2015

Dear colleagues - Just a quick reminder of the work being done by the Technical Groups and by the Working Groups of the ISB, particularly the activities being held this year:

The XIV International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement will be held from July 18 to July 21, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. Deadline for abstract submission: January 31, 2016.

The International Shoulder Group will be holding their 11th biennial meeting in Winterthur, Switzerland, from July 14-16 2016. The deadline for abstract submission is February 12, 2016.

The working group in Motor Control will have two activities next year:

  • The 3rd Workshop Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Boston (USA) on May 31st 2016, on the opening day of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
  • The 4th Workshop Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Chicago (USA) on July 5th 2016 on the opening day of the XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK).

The ISB Technical Groups on Computer Simulation (TGCS) and Footwear Biomechanics, and the working group in Hand and Wrist Biomechanics are organizing their meetings in 2017 alongside the next ISB congress.

António Veloso

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