The money will be used to develop the motion labs at HLV and SRT with new equipment that will enable new experimental approaches to investigate, among other things, balance control among elderly with risk of falling, and robots.
In 2012 the Department of Health Sciences received money from the Kempe Foundations and the LTU Lab Fund to build the motion lab in the Human Health and Performance Lab. The following year the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering received funding from the Kempe Foundations and the LTU Lab Fund for developing the motion lab Field Robotics Laboratory (FROST lab), focusing on motion analysis of machines and robots.
These motion labs together constitute the basis for the Working Group in Motor Control and Biomechanics, which is an interdisciplinary working group at the university with fruitful cooperation which, among other things, recently resulted in a major research grant from the Swedish Research Council, a project focusing on understanding the balancing mechanisms of humans and trying to replicate them.
Thanks to the grants from the Swedish Research Council both HLV and SRT have recently appointed two doctoral positions linked to the research project that will be carried out in motion labs. At HLV Mascha Paulssen, originating from Holland, has been employed as a phd-student to investigate the balance control in elderly through various types of experimental tests.
Umut Mamikoglu from Turkey's is a new PhD student at SRT and her work will include development of methods for calculation and analysis of the data collected during tests on both humans and robots in the operating labs.
– The granting of funds give us invaluable opportunities to continue the development of the labs and the successful interdisciplinary research cooperation on motor control and biomechanics here at the university, says Ulrik Röijezon, senior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences.