COMPREHENSIVE MEASUREMENTS OF HUMAN MOTION PARAMETERS IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
This article presents both a modern engineering research centre and its application in students' interdisciplinary research projects. The Laboratory of Motion Analysis and Interface Ergonomics was funded in part by the European Union programs. It is equipped with: a motion capture system, an electromyography system, two biomechanical platforms, a pulsometer, wearable and screen-based eye-tracker systems and an electroencephalography system. All presented systems can be used simultaneously during a single experiment. They all are computerized. The following body parameters may be measured: motion geometry, muscle activity, ground reaction forces, heart rate, eye movement, eye fixation, brain waves related to motion of human body parts. The research conducted at the laboratory relates to various fields which include: medicine, sport, human-machine interactions (construction of brain-computer interfaces). The described research centre is used for MSc and PhD students’ projects. The students that work at the laboratory represent mainly bioengineering and computer science disciplines. Selected projects are interdisciplinary and involve students and experts from other universities and/or industry.
The main objective of this paper is to present how students used different systems to measure of human motion parameters in their research projects. The organisation of students’ research work in the laboratory and examples of research projects are presented in this paper, as well as synergy and interdisciplinary effect of integrated measurements. These research are a part of the usual educational process or additional scientific students’ activities implemented within the framework of students’ research groups.