ResearchThrough our research, we seek to better understand the mechanics, energetics, and control of bipedal locomotion. A primary focus is the in vivo function of skeletal muscles during locomotion. In much of our work, we use a combined experimental / modeling approach. Thus, we have invested considerable time in developing and evaluating computational models of the musculoskeletal system.While many of our projects involves able-bodied humans, we also pursue comparative locomotor studies that focus on the evolution of human bipedalism. In other work, we study the energetic consequences of gait in special populations such as in children, or in people with limb loss. Read about our current research and the tools we use by clicking on the appropriate links to your left.