Research

How do we move?

We measure typical movements of eyes, head, arms, and legs during everyday activities, as well as during physiotherapy and training. Thereby we use state of the art technology:

  • Video-based systems (for the eyes, as well as for the limbs)
  • Inertial measurement systems (so-called IMUs, which can also be found in every smart phone)
  • Remote recording systems (like the MS Kinect)

How do we sense and control our movement?

Our main sense for movement is the balance system in our inner ear. Since disorders of the balance system are tremendously important (after back problems, they are the most frequent cause for visits to the doctor), we closely collaborate with leading medical institutions to apply our movement measurements to the diagnosis and treatment of dizzy patients.

How should we move?

The human body evolved for the typical activities of hunters and gatherers, and our current sedentary lifestyle causes all kinds of problems. We investigate how increased physical activities at the workplace can optimize our work performance, as well as our health.

How can we improve our movement?

After an accident, a stroke, or a serious disease, our ability to move is often reduced, by muscle weakness, reduced muscle control, and by pain. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation try to help us to regain as many of our abilities as possible. In our laboratories, and in close collaboration with active physiotherapists, doctors, and trainers, we investigate how technology can help to improve our ability to move.