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Students are able to gain real-world, hands-on experience through the biomedical engineering program’s interdisciplinary collaborations within Gannon University, as well as partnerships and collaborative agreements with regional, national and international organizations and universities, which provide students with diverse exposure to new technology, research and culture.
In addition to partnering with Gannon's Human Performance Laboratory, the biomedical engineering program's partners include:
The MAL’s primary mission is to assist physicians with improved understanding of clinical movement dysfunctions. Dynamic studies typically include full-body 3D kinematics, with the head, arms and trunk (HAT) segment used for center-of-mass calculations, EMG, pedography, multi-segment foot kinematics, 3D ground reaction force data and kinetic data.
Through a $13,000 grant, faculty and students will conduct research surrounding triathlon athletes, analyzing muscle movement and reaction forces.
This project aims at understanding the mechanics of movement for each of the triathlon’s sub-disciplines (running, swimming, cycling) and the effect that each muscles group has in the whole competition. Research on sports biomechanics integrates machine vision and control of movements, specifically investigating human performance of these athletes.
During the 2013-2014 academic year two biomedical engineering students researched and created a project around machine vision, which captured images to measure human movement. The students designed a vision-based system using raster images to assess the execution of hygienic movements, and integrated a custom-built, webcam-based vision system with force measurements for the assessment of human balance. This project won second place at the Erie Innovation Showcase, a regional competition for technology-based student business concepts.
Papich J.R., Kennett C.J., Piovesan D., Open-source software in Biomedical Education: from tracking to modeling movements, 121st American Society for Education in Engineering Annual Conference ASEE, 2014, accepted
Faculty members within the biomedical engineering program also conduct research to assist with the teaching of their courses. Often times, this research will include the assistance of students to provide additional real world, hands-on experience.
A combination of faculty members and a senior student investigated the continuum vibrational mechanics of human tendons and the effect of postural stability.
Piovesan D., Panza M. C., A Dissipative String Model for Human Tendons. 26th Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise (VIB). In ASME International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference IDETC/CIE, 2014, accepted
Kennett C.J., Piovesan D. Gravitational effect on the absolute stability conditions for a third-order inverted pendulum, ASME Student Competition, Abstract 4283,World Biomechanics Congress WBC, 2014
Faculty members used robotic devices for the remote assessment of patients, and studied the control of humanoid robots actuated by springs.