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  • Collaborations

    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:

    Regional Partners

    • Motion Analysis Laboratory (MAL), Erie Shriners Hospitals for Children

    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.

    National Partners

    • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Robotics Lab

    International Partners

    • University of Genoa’s NeuroLab (Italy)
    • University of Padua’s Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab (Italy)
    • Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Mexico)
    • Aston University (United Kingdom)

    Research Grants

    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.

    Research Bike


    Research Run

    Research Swim 

    Student Research

    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.

    Student Research Pendulum

    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 Research

    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.

    Tendon Biomechanics

    A combination of faculty members and a senior student investigated the continuum vibrational mechanics of human tendons and the effect of postural stability.

    Faculty Research Tendon

    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

    Robotics and Biomimetics

    Faculty members used robotic devices for the remote assessment of patients, and studied the control of humanoid robots actuated by springs.

    Faculty Research Robotics