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Wouter Hoogkamer

Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Director, UMass Integrative Locomotion Lab
Affiliated Faculty


Wouter Hoogkamer, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he runs the Integrative Locomotion Laboratory (UMILL). He uses a comprehensive approach to study human locomotion, integrating neurophysiology, biomechanics and energetics.

Dr. Hoogkamer’s work covers the full health spectrum, from gait neuromechanics in individuals with cerebellar damage to running energetics in sub-elite marathon runners. His work on running shoes, cooperative drafting and course design might have played a tiny role in how Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2-hour marathon barrier. After obtaining master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Human Movement Sciences in the Netherlands, he lived in Belgium (Ph.D.) and Colorado (post-doc).

Dr. Hoogkamer is passionate about mentoring students. He run-commutes most days of the week and hopes to (ever) run a sub 2:30h marathon (he might need better running shoes to achieve that).

Recent Publications

Price, M., Locurto, D., Abdikadirova, B., Huber, M. E., & Hoogkamer, W. (2024). AdjuSST: an adjustable surface stiffness treadmill. bioRxiv, 2024-03.
Abdikadirova, B., Price, M., Jaramillo, J.M., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M.E. (2024). Gait adaptation to asymmetric hip stiffness applied by a robotic exoskeleton. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 32, 791-799.
Price, M., Huber, M. E., & Hoogkamer, W. (2023). Minimum effort simulations of split-belt treadmill walking exploit asymmetry to reduce metabolic energy expenditure. Journal of Neurophysiology, 129(4), 900-913.
Abdikadirova, B., Price, M., Jaramillo, J. M., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M. E. (2023, May). Bilateral asymmetric hip stiffness applied by a robotic hip exoskeleton elicits kinematic and kinetic adaptation. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 10457-10463). IEEE.
Price, M., Abdikadirova, B., Locurto, D., Jaramillo, J. M., Cline, N., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M. E. (2022, October). Unilateral stiffness modulation with a robotic hip exoskeleton elicits adaptation during gait. In 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 12275-12281). IEEE.

Contact Information

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