President’s Blog June, 2018 by Joe Hamill

Posted on June 5, 2018

As I am writing this blog post, it is only a few weeks away from the ECSS, ISEK and WCB conferences in Dublin, Ireland. I know that a number of ISB Executive Council members and ISB members generally take part so we will have good representation at these meetings. I will be at the WCB meeting so I hope to see many of you there.

The ISB Congress in Calgary, Canada is only a year away and the organizing committee led by Drs. Walter Herzog and Benno Nigg have made great strides on the preparation for this event. The website for the 2019 Congress is live and you can find it at:

I want to congratulate Executive Council member Alberto Leardini on an excellent job on organizing the awards for students. As the Student Awards Officer, Alberto has a monumental job in this portfolio and always seems to handle the awards selection with an appointed committee with good humor and high standards.

I also want to thank Dr. Tim Derrick and his committee members who has expertly guided this committee on the establishment of standards for reporting kinetic methodologies. This ISB committee, formed with several ISB members, was organized to present a report to the Executive Council and which will ultimately be published as were the standards for reporting kinematic methodologies.

I recently was at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Minneapolis, MN, USA and attended the Motor Control ISB Working Group Symposium. The symposium was organized by Dr. Paola Contessa, the Chair of the Working Group and her committee, and featured several very interesting talks. One talk by Dr. Ross Miller of the University of Maryland particularly intrigued me. The talk was entitled “Predictive Models Are Most Useful When They Are Wrong”. He suggested that, historically, greater emphasis has been placed on the prediction of accurate results that admittedly are impressive. However, Ross argues that there is more to be learned from inaccurate results. It was suggested that, with inaccurate predictions, the user has the impetus to investigate the source of the inaccuracy bit is the model design, the cost function or the overall framework of the question. Overall, I found this an intriguing argument for the use of predictive models.

Lastly, I wish all of you (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) a fruitful summer and, if you are traveling either for pleasure or to a professional meeting, safe travels.

Joseph Hamill, Professor Emeritus

President, International Society of Biomechanics

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