Against this background, the aim of our research is to understand the functioning of human movements, i.e. the interplay of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, which enables coordinated movement behavior. Of particular interest to us is how training protocols need to be structured and how modern technologies (e.g. orthoses or exoskeletons) need to be designed in order to improve this interplay and thereby motor performance in different areas (e.g. everyday life, sports or therapy). Our research addresses the following topics:

  • Control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Effects of learning / training on the control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Effects of sports (e.g. running shoes), medical (e.g. orthoses) and assistive (e.g. exoskeletons) technologies on the control and biomechanics of human movements
  • Performance diagnostics in different areas (e.g. sports or therapy)

To achieve these goals, we work as an interdisciplinary team that connects different strands of research from sports science, neuroscience, medicine, computer and engineering science within the framework of experimental and computational studies.

At the IfSS, the BioMotion Center represents the natural sciences of sports (motor control, biomechanics, training science, sports informatics & engineering). We are anchored in the KIT research structures via memberships in the KIT Centers „Information · Systems · Technologie“ and „Health Technologies“

dvs Young Investigator Keynote awarded to Bernd Stetter!

Dr. Bernd Stetter is the winner of the dvs Young Investigator Keynote 2023. He presented his keynote on “Data Science and Sports Biomechanics – Applications in Sports, Medicine, and Health” at the Sports, Medicine and Health Summit in Hamburg. A great success - Congratulations!

New publication in “Sensors”

Möller, T., Möhler, F., Krell-Rösch, J., Dežman, M., Marquardt, C., Asfour. T., Stein, T. & Woll, A. (2023). Use of Lower Limb Exoskeletons as an Assessment Tool for Human Motor Performance: A Systematic Review. Sensors, 23 (6), 3032.


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New publication in “Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology”

Federolf, P.A., Mohr, M., Pepping, G.-J., Stein, T., van Andel, S., Weir, G. (Eds.) (2023). Human movement and motor control in the natural environment. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA.


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New publication in “Frontiers in Neurology”

Fadillioglu, C., Kanus, L., Möhler, F., Ringhof, S., Hellmann, D. & Stein, T. (2023). Effects of jaw clenching on dynamic reactive balance task performance after 1-week of jaw clenching training. Front. Neurol. 14:1140712.


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New publication in “Frontiers in robotics and AI”

Käppler, M., Mamaev, I., Alagi, H., Stein, T. & Deml, B. (2023). Optimizing Human-Robot Handovers: The Impact of Adaptive Transport Methods. Frontiers in robotics and AI, 10:1155143.


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EUCOR funds new project!

As part of an EUCOR project, the BioMotion Center, together with the Universities of Freiburg and Basel, is offering the master seminar "3Dimensions & 3Destinations of Human Movement Studies - 3D Human Movement Studies" from WS 23/24!


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