Human Motion Simulation

Predictive Dynamics


  • Karim Abdel-Malek, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa
  • Jasbir Arora, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, iowa City, IA, USA

Simulate realistic human motion in a virtual world with an optimization-based approach to motion prediction. With this approach, motion is governed by human performance measures, such as speed and energy, which act as objective functions to be optimized. Constraints on joint torques and angles are imposed quite easily. Predicting motion in this way allows one to use avatars to study how and why humans move the way they do, given specific scenarios. It also enables avatars to react to infinitely many scenarios with substantial autonomy. With this approach it is possible to predict dynamic motion without having to integrate equations of motion -- rather than solving equations of motion, this approach solves for a continuous time-dependent curve characterizing joint variables (also called joint profiles) for every degree of freedom.
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students in advanced biomechanics courses, kinesiology, exercise science, human motion, etc. A reference for professionals studying human movements, such as biomechanists, motor behaviorists, ergonomists, safety equipment designers, and rehabilitation specialists.


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-405190-4

Table of Contents


Modeling and Kinematics

Optimization and Posture Prediction

Recursive Dynamics

Predictive Dynamics

Strength and Fatigue Limits

Predictive Walking

Predictive Lifting

Model Validation

Future research and opportunities