Computational simulations of Animal Motion
We routinely integrate anatomical data with experimental techniques (motion capture, force platforms) to drive and validate computer simulations of human and animal locomotion. We use two complimentary approaches; multi-body dynamics (left image) and finite element analysis (right image). These approaches are currently being utilised in a wide variety of contexts in our lab, ranging from understanding the fundamental mechanics of bipedal gait in primates and birds, predicting the gaits of fossil vertebrates (e.g. hominins, dinosaurs) to more applied clinical and veterinary contexts to predict internal gait parameters (e.g. muscle and joint forces/powers) relevant to understanding ageing and dysfunction in the vertebrate musculoskeletal system.
Project Lead: Karl Bates