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EML_5595_Syllabus - MECHANICS OF THE HUMAN LOCOMOTOR SYSTEM...

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MECHANICS OF THE HUMAN LOCOMOTOR SYSTEM EML 5595 - FALL 2010 Instructor: B.J. Fregly Office: 208 MAE-A Building E-mail: [email protected] (preferred mode of communication) Phone: (352) 392-8157 Home page: http://www.mae.ufl.edu/~fregly Course home page: http://www.mae.ufl.edu/~fregly/eml5595.htm (link provided off of Teaching page from Home page) TA: None officially, but Jonathan Walter will provide a limited amount of OpenSim help E-mail: [email protected] Location: 327 MAE-A Building Time: MWF Period 5 - 11:45 am to 12:35 pm Office Hours: MWF Period 6 – 12:50 pm to 1:40 pm Texts: No existing course textbook does an adequate job of presenting the material to be covered in this course. Consequently, we will use two primary instructional resources – journal articles and software manuals. Students desiring additional background information may wish to purchase the two suggested reference books noted below. Journal Articles: To allow you to learn and apply the most recent advances in musculoskeletal modeling and simulation, we will use carefully selected journal articles to present many of the concepts. As registered graduate students, you will be able to download all assigned articles for free from the University of Florida library web site. Software Manuals: The other primary texts will be software user’s manuals (see below for software details). Specifically, the OpenSim user’s manuals will provide an overview of musculoskeletal modeling and dynamic simulation concepts. Both manuals are free and are available for download as PDF files. Suggested reference books: Nigg, B. M. and Herzog, W. (1999) Biomechanics of the Musculo-skeletal System, Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons, New York. Mow, V. C. and Huiskes, R. (2004) Basic Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Mechanobiology. Third Edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. Software: Two software packages will be required to complete the modeling and simulation assignments in this course. The programs we will be using are the following: OpenSim Musculoskeletal Modeling Software (free download from www.simtk.org ) Matlab (free use in many University of Florida computer clusters) Course Design: This course is modeled after the graduate course ME 382 “Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement” developed by Dr. Scott Delp at Stanford University. Variations of this course are also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Wisconsin, and Wake Forest University/Virgnia
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2 Tech. The instructors from each of these courses (including the present course at the University of Florida) have agreed to share all course materials in order to create a world-class instructional opportunity. Consequently, you will be benefiting from extensive work done by instructors at five institutions while taking this course.
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