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Control Strategies for Coordinated, Multi-segmented Motion
Exploring techniques, such as combining optimization, neural networks, and pid control strategies to automate control of coordinated motion in multi-segmented systems (e.g., mobile robots, animals, humans).
Geometric & Graphical Modeling of Non-rigid Materials
Modeling and visualizing morphological changes of non-rigid materials during simulated motion (e.g., muscles wrapping around underlying anatomical structures during joint movement).
Image Analysis and 3D Reconstruction
Developing algorithms and tools for high-quality analysis, 3D reconstruction, and refinement (e.g., smoothing, decimation, etc.) of surface-models from layered sets of 2D images such as MRI, CT, and other medical images.
Mechanical Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization
Developing models and applying computational methods and tools for the simulation of mechanical (including biomechanical) systems.
Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Issues/Research
My expertise is in the area of motion capture technology as it applies to orthopedic and rehabilitation issues. I am currently engaged in three projects with medical collaborators outside of Baylor University.
Bone Biomechanics Research
We are using an experimentally based research program designed to address two fundamental questions related to bone fatigue (stress fractures) and bone failure prediction:
Both of these are open questions in the biomaterials and engineering materials fatigue communities. To address these questions, a suite of experimental studies are proposed including constant amplitude cyclic bending and torsion, variable amplitude (and chaotic) bending and variable amplitude (and chaotic) torsion.
In collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons at Baylor Scott & White in Waco, TX, we are beginning a study on the healing of defects in articular cartilage.