Human Mobility Research Lab

Skeleton with motion sensors

We are really fortunate here to have created a collaborative space that brings together engineers, scientists, and clinicians working together to improve the lives of Canadians with musculoskeletal diseases.

The Human Mobility Research Lab’s central mission is to help people maintain healthy, active lives for as long as possible, which they accomplish through study of the human musculoskeletal system and its associated disorders. The team at the Human Mobility Lab builds on pre-established understanding of the body’s movements through the use of state-of-the-art technology: optoelectronic cameras are placed on key landmarks of the skin, which allow researchers to analyze joint angles, oxygen consumption, joint loading and muscle activation during everyday activities. The applications of this research are widespread, which is proved in the interdisciplinary nature of the Human Mobility Research Lab team: while the leadership is mostly comprised of mechanical engineering specialists, some work mainly with computing, nursing, health sciences, and kinesiology.

Browse the Human Mobility Research Lab’s website to learn more.