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The mission of the Human Movement & Balance Laboratory (HMBL) is fall and musculoskeletal injury prevention in healthy and clinical young/elderly adult populations. We achieve these goals by gaining a thorough understanding of the biomechanical and postural control principles that govern human movement, balance during standing/walking, and performance of occupational tasks. A multidisciplinary group of researchers including biomechanical engineers, physicians (geriatricians, neurologists and psychiatrists), and physical/occupational therapists work in close collaboration to achieve our research goals. HMBL is a state of the art space designed and equipped to analyze the dynamics of human motion. Current research projects include a wide range of experimental studies examining fall prevention following external disturbances such as slipping or tripping, prosthetics, ergonomic-related research, cognitive research and imaging applications in various population types. In conjunction with experimental studies, biomechanical computer modeling is used to gain a greater understanding of the impact of environmental and human factors on the risk of falls and injury.

Current News...


  • The following awards have recently been received:


    • Erika Pliner: Recipient of the Whitaker Fellowship (Whitaker Foundation) 
    • Seyed Moghaddam: Recipient of the Elmer E. Klaus Fellowship (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers)


  • The following manuscripts have recently been accepted:


    • Pliner EM, Seo NJ, Beschorner KE, 2017, Factors affecting fall severity from a ladder: impact of climbing direction, gloves, gender and adaptation, Applied Ergonomics 60, 163-170.
    • Beschorner KE, Albert DA, Redfern MS, 2016, Required Coefficient of Friction during Level Walking is Predictive of Slipping, Gait and Posture 48, 256-260.


  • The following abstracts have recently been accepted:


      • Moghaddam SR, Beschorner KE, 2016, Multi-scale computational model of shoe-floor friction for predicting impacts of shoe and floor design on coefficient of friction, IEA Slips, Trips and Falls Conference, London, UK.
      • Moghaddam SRM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Sensitivity of a Multiscale Model of Shoe-Floor-Contaminant Friction to Normal Force and Shoe-Floor Contact Angle, STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Atlanta, GA.  
      • Jones TG, Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2017, Impact of slip-resistant shoe outsole parameters on available coefficient of friction, IEA Slips, Trips and Falls Conference, Toronto, Canada.
      • Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Time dependency of bilateral weight distribution during prolonged standing, International Society of Posture and Gait Research, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
      • Driggers JW, McMurtry SF, Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Validating a Novel 3D Scanner Approach for Measuring Leg Swelling During Prolonged Standing, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
      • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Applied hand-rung forces after a ladder perturbation, American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO.
      • Hemler S, Charbonneau D, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Shoe Wear on Slipping – Implications for Shoe Replacement Threshold, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Iraqi A, Beschorner KE, 2017, Vertical ground reaction forces during unexpected human slips, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Merrill ZF, Chambers AJ, Cham R, 2017, Impact of Age and Body Mass Index on Anthropometry in Working Adults, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Pliner EM, Beschorner KE, 2017, Effects of Ladder Climbing Patterns on Fall Severity, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.
      • Wiltman SA, Chambers AJ, 2017, Weight Shifting Strategies and Discomfort during Prolonged Standing, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Austin, TX.