Daniel Ferris

Professor, Movement Science
Director, Human Neuromechanics Laboratory
Member, Rehabilitation Robotics Group
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Areas of interest

Biomechanics, neuromechanical control, locomotion, prosthetics, robotic exoskeletons, rehabilitation, mobile brain imaging.

Contact

Daniel
Ferris
OBL 3158
1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013
(734) 647-2740
(734) 647-2808

Classes

Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
KINESLGY 435 Biomechanics of Human Locomotion 3 As Arranged Ferris
Course Name RO: Biomech Hum Locomot
Course Level: Graduate
Description
The focus of the course is on understanding how humans walk and run. Topics will include kinematics, kinetics, neuromuscular activation patterns, energetics, and musculotendon mechanics. This course is taught in a Problem-Based Learning format, requiring students to integrate knowledge of muscle physiology, neuroscience, and biomechanics to analyze normal and pathologic human locomotion. Specific projects that students may work on include clinical gait analysis, lower limb prostheses, legged robots, and human exoskeletons.
Prerequisites: Graduate status; MOVESCI 330 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC
KINESLGY 533 Neuromechanics 3 Fall, As Arranged Ferris
Course Name RO: Neuromechanics
Course Level: Graduate
Description
This course focuses on interaction of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems during human and animal movement with a focus on basic biological and engineering principles. Topics will include neuromechanical control of movement, neurorehabilitation, biorobotics, and computer simulations of neuromechanical systems.
Prerequisites: Graduate status.
Component: LEC
KINESLGY 616 Professional Skills for Research Scientists 3 Winter, As Arranged Ferris
Course Name RO: Prof Skills Res Sci
Course Level: Graduate
Description
This course covers the professional skills necessary to be successful as a research scientist. Specific content will include writing and reviewing grant applications, writing and reviewing journal manuscripts, giving research presentations, applying for jobs, and assessing careers in and out of academia. Course grade will be based on several assignments such as making a research presentation, writing a grant proposal, reviewing a journal manuscript, and writing an application for faculty position.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 100 First-Year Seminar in Movement Science 1 Fall, As Arranged Ferris
Course Name RO: Seminar Movement Sci
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course introduces the field of Movement Science to beginning undergraduate students using a theme that varies by section and instructor. Students complete reading assignments each week. Class size is limited to 20 students and the emphasis is placed on interactive discussion and inquiry. Students will complete weekly quizzes and an end of semester writing assignment.
Prerequisites:
Component: SEM
MOVESCI 330 Biomechanics of Human Movement 4 Fall, Winter Ferris
Course Name RO: Biomech of Hum Mvmt
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
Applies fundamental biomechanical principles to the human musculoskeletal system. Topics include musculoskeletal mechanics, tissue biomechanics, and quantitative analysis of human movement.
Prerequisites: (MOVESCI 110 or AT Major) and (MEDADM 401 or MOVESCI 230 or AT/PHYSED 310) and (MATH 105 or 115 or 120) and (PHYSICS 125 or 135 or 140).
Component: LEC,LAB
MOVESCI 435 Biomechanics of Human Locomotion 3 As Arranged Ferris
Course Name RO: Biomech Hum Locomot
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
The focus of the course is on understanding how humans walk and run. Topics will include kinematics, kinetics, neuromuscular activation patterns, energetics, and musculotendon mechanics. This course is taught in a Problem-Based Learning format, requiring students to integrate knowledge of muscle physiology, neuroscience, and biomechanics to analyze normal and pathologic human locomotion. Specific projects that students may work on include clinical gait analysis, lower limb prostheses, legged robots, and human exoskeletons.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 330 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC

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