Biomechanics of Lower Limb System

David Winter – Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. His many distinctions include Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics. He was the first recipient of the Career Investigators Award by the Canadian Society for Biomechanics, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society and the Muybridge Medal by the International Society of Biomechanics. He is the author of Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, 4th Edition, The Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Gait: Normal, Elderly and Pathological, 2nd Edition, A.B.C. (Anatomy, Biomechanics and Control) of Balance during Standing and Walking, and Signal Processing and Linear Systems for the Movement Sciences. Over his career he has published over 150 refereed papers in scientific journals.

João Vilas_Boas – Full Professor of Biomechanics at the Faculty of Sport / University of Porto (FADE/UP). Director of the Biomechanics Laboratory Dr. André Costa FADE/UP. Vice-President of the Scientific Board of the FADE-UP. Member of the Steering Group Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming of the World Commission for Science in Sport. During the Spring School Professor Vilas-Boas will work with his UP collaborators.

Ronaldo Gabriel – Biomechanics / Sports Department / UTAD (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro), PORTUGAL - Professor Gabriel educates Biomechanics in UTAD after more than fifteen years and the major area of research is the biomechanics of human locomotion. This research, actually, include the transfer of knowledge to the open air walking activities as a healthy activity adapted to performers ages, special in seniors groups. Professor Gabriel will work with his UTAD collaborators.

Guillermo Lafuente – Director of the Department of Podology Universidad de Sevilla, SPAIN. Professor Lafuente will work with his USevilla collaborators.

João Abrantes – MovLab / CICANT (Centre for Research in Applied Communication, Culture, and New Technologies) / Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa, PORTUGAL – Professor Abrantes at present have his major motivation on the MovLab development. His studies are focus on the biomechanics of joint stability approach related with the potential application of digital animation and biomechanical analysis data integration. Professor Abrantes will work with his MovLab collaborators.

Tomorrow Options team -  (http://www.tomorrow-options.com) (Miguel Correia; Paulo Paulo Santos)  – Designs innovative electronics devices with a main focus on medical applications. The company’s product WalkinSense’ is an electronic medical device to monitor human lower limbs, engineered to provide quantitative and qualitative information to assess patients’ conditions (for instance in relation to diabetic complications, such as foot pressure sores resulting from peripheral neuropathies) that complements the physician’s observation and analysis, helping them to prescribe optimal individual medical intervention in each case and further assessment of treatment results.