Posture and movement as related to musculoskeletal biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering
Professor Hsiao-Wecksler uses dynamic systems modeling, control theory and movement analysis to study posture and movement-particularly as they relate to musculoskeletal biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering. Toward that end, she and other researchers in her lab are developing assistive devices and measurement tools to help explain the mechanisms involved in balance and gait.
* control theory methods that characterize the way people maintain relative stability after they step over an object or experience some other impulsive disturbance in balance * best practices for measuring postural sway and balance * assessments of the various ways people maintain their balance while standing or crossing obstacles * techniques and shape analysis methods that help quantify patterns of motions in dynamic systems, particularly asymmetric gait analysis * better inverse dynamics solutions for human movement * a fluid power assistive ankle-foot orthosis aimed at improving the gait of individuals with lower limb neuromuscular disorders.
Her work has focused on a number of select populations that include older adults, Tai Chi practitioners, pregnant women, firefighters, aggressive in-line skaters and dogs.