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Mechanical Engineering Seminar: Dr. Alison Sheets

Dr. Alison Sheets will present as part of the ME 888 seminar series.
Friday, January 14, 2011, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm


Using engineering fundamentals to understand movement pathologies


The broad goal of Dr. Sheets research is to understand normal and pathological human movements so that solutions can be developed that enable everyone to live independent, fulfilling and pain-free lives. A combination of experimental and modeling/simulation techniques are used to investigate and quantify human and animal motion. This talk will discuss the development of a markerless motion capture method to accurately and easily measure how people and animals move in the most natural and least constrained environment using high speed cameras. Current applications of this technology range from quantifying athletic performances during match play, to automatically evaluating animal locomotion quality as a measure of injury or disease severity. Ultimately, what is learned from these motion measurement investigations will be applied to develop clinical assessment and rehabilitation tools, evaluate athletic performances and injury mechanisms, and design assistive devices.


Dr. Sheets joined OSU in March of 2010. Prior to joining OSU, she did her Ph.D. at the University of CA, Davis where she focused on identifying factors that limit sport performances using computer simulation techniques. Her research focus shifted to developing novel experimental techniques for measuring human kinematics during her Postdoctoral work at Stanford University.

Hosted by Professor Vish Subramaniam.