Laboratory of Simulation and Movement Modelling

Université de Montréal, Laval, Québec
What the facility does

Movement biomechanics research; measurements of movement, forces with the environment, and muscular activity; and simulation and optimization of human movement

Areas of expertise

The laboratory has an advanced facility with 18 cameras to measure human movement, force plates and an isokinetic ergometer to measure forces with the environment, and an electromyography machine to measure muscular activation. This infrastructure is used to assess technical aids (orthotic or prosthetic devices) and other treatments for musculoskeletal disorders, for the video game and animation industry, and to improve sports techniques. The laboratory has the expertise necessary to take measurements in various settings, calculate biomechanical parameters as well as estimate muscle strength.

Research services
  • Capture and analysis of movement (walking, running and sports) in the laboratory or in the field
  • Assessment of maximum static and high-speed muscle potential
  • Processing of biomechanical data
Sectors of application
  • Clean technology
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Optoelectronic system (18 cameras)Very precisely capture movements
Force sensors 1 and 6 axes and force platesMeasure forces with the environment
Surface and intramuscular wireless electromyographic system (EMG) and high density wired (64 electrodes)Measure muscle activity
Isokinetic ergometerMeasure maximum muscle potential
SonographShoulder sonogram
Xsens inertial unitsCapture movement
Medilogic pressure padsMeasure plantar pressure
Bertec instrumented treadmillMeasure locomotion forces
Electroencephalographic system (EEG) 64 active electrodesMeasure brain activity

Bösendorfer Imperial piano with force sensors

(temporarily for project with BRAMS)

Measure application of forces on piano keys
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