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Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten Stein


Head of BioMotion Center

Tel: +49 721 608 - 42611

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BioMotion Center

Research Topic "Biomechanics in Orthopaedics and Ergonomics"
Research Topic "Motor Learning"
Research Topic "Postural Control"
Research Topic "Sports Performance"

At the centre of our research interest is human movement, which is an important part of life because it ensures physical mobility and thus the interaction with the environment. Physical mobility is the basis of sporting activities and an important element in the prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and neurological diseases. In addition, a reduced physical mobility can lead to cardiovascular disease and a weakening of the musculoskeletal system.
Against this background, the aim of our research is to deepen our understanding of the functioning of human movements, i.e. the interaction of the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, which enables coordinated movement behavior in everyday life and sport. Of particular interest is how the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system adapt to training stimuli, how the interaction between the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system changes, and how training protocols must be designed in order to achieve optimal adaptations in sports and rehabilitation. A deeper understanding of these processes will provide impetus for the development and evaluation of modern technologies in medicine (e.g. orthoses) as well as computer and engineering sciences (e.g. robotics) in order to improve human-technology interaction. To achieve these goals, we pursue an interdisciplinary research approach that integrates research strands from sports science, motor control, biomechanics, neuroscience, medicine, computer science and engineering sciences.
At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the BioMotion Center is a member of the KIT centres „Information · Systems · Technologie“ as well as „Humans and Technology“.



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3rd place in the “dvs young investigator award” competition!

At the "dvs Hochschultag 2019" in Berlin, Bernd Stetter took an excellent 3rd place in the “dvs young investigator award” competition. We congratulate Bernd on this success!

New Publication in “Frontiers in Sports and Active Living”!
Staff of the BioMotion Center have published a paper on the influence of an lower limb exoskeleton on postural control. This work was done in close cooperation with the Chair of High Performance Humanoid Technologies (KIT) and the Department of Sport and Sport Science of the University of Freiburg.
New Publication in „Sensors“!
Bernd Stetter, Steffen Ringhof, Frieder Krafft, Stefan Sell and Thorsten Stein have published a paper on the estimation of knee joint loads using mobile sensors and machine learning techniques for various locomotion tasks.
DFG supports new project!
The research project "Influence of the craniomandibular system on postural control in dynamic balance tasks” was approved by the DFG. The project is carried out in cooperation with PD Dr. Daniel Hellmann (Universitätsklinikum Würzburg) and Dr. Steffen Ringhof (University of Freiburg). Find further information on the project here.
New Publication in „Gait & Posture“!
Steffen Ringhof, Andrea Arensmann and Thorsten Stein have published an article on the reliability of dynamic stability measurements in simulated forward falls.
New Publication in „Frontiers in Human Neuroscience“!
Benjamin Thürer (Brain Signalling Group, UiO) and members of the BioMotion Center have published an article on the contextual interference effect in motor learning.