The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab has an experimental biomechanics lab space and a computer simulation lab / student office space.
Photo of the student workspace from August 2018 before the computers and students moved in.
Portion of the experimental lab space from September 2018, when our first piece of equipment was installed.
Motion Capture uses infrared cameras and reflective markers to measure human movement. Our motion capture system is specifically set-up for upper limb movement analysis.
Electromyography (EMG) is a method for recording muscle activity (e.g., whether a muscle is “on” or “off”). Our EMG system can record from muscles near the skins surface using surface electrodes and muscles deep in the body using intramuscular needle electrodes.
Dynamometers are instruments used to measure force and torque. Our dynamometers can be used to examine strength in pediatric, adult, and elderly populations.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging modality that can be used to measure muscle properties. Our ultrasound systems were chosen to optimize imaging of upper and lower limb musculature for research purposes.
YCB Object Set: The Yale-CMU-Berkeley (YCB) Object & Model Set is a collection of common household objects for benchmarking robotic manipulation. We are using the objects and models to study activities of daily living and to develop simulations of contact forces at the hand-object interface.
To facilitate analysis of experimental data and creation of predictive biomechanical simulations, we utilize a variety of engineering and data analysis software packages. We have licenses for Matlab, LabView, Nexus, and EMGworks. We also utilize many open-source software packages, including OpenSim, Python, PyTorch, NotePad++, OnShape, ImageJ, and Seg3D.
If access to our equipment or software could enhance your research, please contact Dr. Nichols directly via e-mail to discuss potential collaboration.
© 2017 Dr. Jennifer A. Nichols at the University of Florida