The Center for Human Movement at Khalifa University seeks fundamental understanding of the mechanisms involved in producing movement and maintaining balance, and is motivated by opportunities to improve treatments for individuals with neuromuscular dysfunctions.
Toward this goal, we combine analytical, experimental, and computational approaches to design and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.
We use a wide variety of analytical methods from signal processing and nonlinear systems to assess and characterize the complex dynamics of human gait. In a context of dynamical systems and control, we aim to uncover strategies that humans use to maintain balance during locomotion and in dynamically challenging tasks.
Based on these findings, we design bio-inspired humanoid robots and assistive technologies such as biomimetic prosthetic legs, task-specific exoskeletons, and wearable sensors. One of our principle objectives is to address movement dysfunction as related to health challenges in Abu Dhabi including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and trauma-induced movement impairments.