Institute of Sports and Sports Science (IfSS)

Lab I: Biomechanics Lab

The biomechanics laboratory of the BioMotion Center enables a comprehensive analysis of human movements from the perspectives of such disciplines as motor control, biomechanics, training as well as medical sciences in research and teaching. In particular, with the different measuring systems it is possible based on commercial as well as in-house developed hardware and software components to analyze human movement patterns synchronously on different levels.

Lab II: Robotics Lab

The robotics laboratory of the BioMotion Center has two robotic devices for basic research in the field of motor control and motor learning. The robots can also be used for diagnosis and rehabilitation of neurological or orthopedic diseases.

The BioMotionBot is an in-house development of the BioMotion Center in cooperation with the Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK, KIT). It enables the study of arm movements in two and three dimensions in combination with the generation of high forces at the end-effector. In addition to the implementation of classical two-dimensional movement tasks, often used in neuroscience, the robot enables the analysis of natural movements in three dimensions. Due to the powerful actuation, the robot can also be used as a training device in upper extremity rehabilitation.

The KINARM End-Point Lab (BKIN Technologies) is a robotic device that enables the investigation of arm movements in the horizontal plane. The device was developed especially for the investigation of motor control and motor learning processes under altered kinematic and dynamic conditions. The robot can also be used for diagnosis and rehabilitation of neurological disorders.