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My general research interest evolves around the control, mechanics and energetics of human movement. My approach is to combine experimental data with predictions and analyses using (neuro-)musculoskeletal models. These models are capable mimicking the important properties of the actual musculoskeletal system and are based on in vitro / in vivo experiments and cadaver studies on mammalian musculoskeletal systems. In order to obtain model-based predictions I use optimal control techniques (e.g. Direct Collocation and Sparse Non-linear Optimizer). Currently I am focusing on the question what underlies the control of fast goal-directed arm movements and on the relationship between mechanics and energetics of muscle fibres in the context of human locomotion (particularly in walking and cycling).

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Research Output 2002 2019

Inverse dynamics of mechanical multibody systems: An improved algorithm that ensures consistency between kinematics and external forces

Faber, H., Van Soest, A. J. & Kistemaker, D. A., 28 Sep 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 9, p. 1-16 16 p., 204575.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Biomechanical Phenomena

P 097—Metabolic cost of transport in over-ground and treadmill walking of healthy elderly and effects of a treadmill familiarization protocol

Das Gupta, S., Faber, H., Kistemaker, D. & Bobbert, M., Sep 2018, In : Gait and Posture. 65, Supplement 1, p. 389-392 4 p.

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Costs and Cost Analysis
Basal Metabolism
Oxygen Consumption

Activities 2003 2004

  • 3 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Editorial work

Versus Tijdschrift voor Fysiotherapie (Journal)

D.A. Kistemaker (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Consequences of musculo-skeletal properties in goal-directed arm movements

D.A. Kistemaker (Invited speaker), M.F. Bobbert (Invited speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Lenght dependent Ca2+ sensitivity adds stiffness to the musculo-skeletal system

D.A. Kistemaker (Speaker), A.J. van Soest (Speaker), M.F. Bobbert (Speaker)
6 Jun 2003

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Adaptation of muscle activation patterns to the starting position on squat jumping

M.F. Bobbert (Speaker), D.A. Kistemaker (Speaker)
6 Jun 2003

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic