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 plates

Measure forces with the environment

Surface and intramuscular wireless electromyographic system (EMG) and high density wired (64 electrodes)

Measure muscle activity

Isokinetic ergometer

Measure maximum muscle potential


Shoulder sonogram

Xsens inertial units

Capture movement

Medilogic pressure pads Measure plantar pressure
Bertec instrumented treadmill Measure locomotion forces
Electroencephalographic system (EEG) 64 active electrodes Measure brain activity

Bösendorfer Imperial piano with force sensors

(temporarily for project with BRAMS)

Measure application of forces on piano keys
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