6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics at ISB 2017, Brisbane (Australia)

We are pleased to announce that the 6th Symposium on Motor Control in Biomechanics will be held in Brisbane (Australia) on July 25th-26th 2017, in conjunction with the XXVI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB).

Date, Time and Venue: Tuesday July 25th and Wednesday July 26th 2017. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center, Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)

Symposium Details & Purpose: The goal of the Symposium is to bring together established researchers and junior investigators with an interest in Motor Control and Biomechanics, and discuss Motor Control concepts in Biomechanics for a wide range of applications including Robotics, Rehabilitation, Kinesiology, Modeling, Sport Science, and more.

See flyer here.

Detailed Schedule: Invited talks will be followed by oral presentations. Full schedule.

Tuesday Jul 25th

Neuromuscular Disorders and Rehabilitation

9:30 - 9:54am Opening Invited Speaker: Dr. Penelope A McNulty (Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, Australia)

Quantifying rehabilitation efficacy in chronic stroke requires a multi-modal approach: combining biomechanics, neurophysiology and clinical measures
9:54 - 10:06am Knee muscle activation strategy in girls with generalized joint hypermobility
Dr. Bente Rona Jensen
10:06 - 10:18am Evaluation and monitoring of motor control of the lumbopelvic movement in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain
Dr. Sharon MH Tsang
10:18 – 10:30am Motor cortex representation of deep neck flexor muscles differs between individuals with and without neck pain
Ms. Edith Elgueta-Cancino

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

11:00 – 11:24am Opening Invited Speaker: Dr. Glen Lichtwark (University of Queensland, Australia)

The potential influence of tendon compliance on sensory feedback from lower limb muscles
11:24 - 11:36am Influence of residual force enhancement and elongation of attached cross-bridges on the stretch-shortening cycle
Dr. Atsuki Fukutani
11:36 - 11:48am Differences between concentric and eccentric contraction on the activation of biceps, brachioradialis and triceps muscle
Dr. Catherine Disselhorst-Klug

Balance and Gait

2:00 - 2:24pm Opening Invited Speaker: Dr. Martina Mancini (Oregon Health and Science University, USA)

Insights into freezing of gait from wearable sensors
2:24 - 2:36pm Changes in movement variability with increased mechanical demand may be influenced by limb preference
Abbigail Fietzer
2:36 - 2:48pm Investigating gait variability and motor control in knee osteoarthritis
Miss Gwenllian Tawy
2:48 – 3:00pm High corresponding COP and COG movement during tandem stance in mid-aged and elderly Yuanji-dancers
Dr. Yun-Ju Lee

Motor Coordination

3:00 - 3:24pm Opening Invited Speaker:Dr. John H. Challis (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Individual muscle forces and musculo-skeletal models of human movement
3:24 - 3:36pm Detecting the relevance of each motion component in whole-body motion to performance
Dr. Ken Takiyama
3:36 - 3:48pm Coordination of motor unit firings during cyclic activities of the upper-limb
Dr. Joshua Kline
3:48 – 4:00pm Spatiotemporal control of redundant musculoskeletal system is modularly regulated in motor adaptation
Dr. Shota Hagio

Wednesday Jul 26th

Motor Training and Adaptation

9:30 - 9:54am Opening Invited Speaker: Dr. Fuminari Kaneko (Sapporo Medical University, Japan)

Exposure to a unique visual stimulus with kinesthetic sensation results in synchronized reciprocally induced spontaneous muscular recruitment
9:54 - 10:06am New insights into using the emg power spectrum to assess firing patterns during muscle fatigue
Dr. Michael Asmussen
10:06 – 10:18am Confounding factors in the analysis of fatigue-induced motor unit firing adaptations
Dr. Paola Contessa
10:18 – 10:30am The effects of pain on motor learning outlasts the duration of the painful stimulus
Sauro Salomoni

Special Session: Lifelong Contributions of Carlo De Luca to the Study of Human Movement: Motor Control Innovations

4:00 - 4:12pm Opening
Dr. William Z. Rymer (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, USA)
4:12 - 4:36pm Lifelong Contributions of Carlo De Luca to the Study of Human Movement: Motor Control Innovations
Dr. Serge Roy (Delsys Inc. & Boston University, USA)
4:36 – 5:00pm Lifelong contributions of Carlo De Luca to the study of human movement: a global perspective
Dr. Roberto Merletti (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

Abstract submission

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentation for the Symposium is now closed.


An award of US $ 500 is available to students and researchers who submit their work to the symposium. The award is kindly sponsored by the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), and will be assigned based on the scientific quality of the work presented.

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.

Registration and Fee: Attendance is free for all ISB attendees. Registration is open on the
ISB 2017 website

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 the International Society of Biomechanics.

Contact Information: For any additional information, please contact info@mcg.isbweb.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane!

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