Melissa Gross

Arthur F Thurnau Professor
Associate Professor, Movement Science
Director, Innovative Teaching & Learning
Director, Behavioral Biomechanics Laboratory
Associate Professor, School of Art & Design
Assistant Research Scientist, Institute of Gerontology

About

Dr. Melissa Gross is a biomechanist interested in musculoskeletal structure and emergent movement behavior especially as related to expression of emotion in health and disease. She directs the Behavioral Biomechanics Lab where she currently investigates the effect of emotion on body movements in healthy individuals and individuals with mood disorders. Dr. Gross uses an interdisciplinary approach in her studies, combining biomechanical methods for recording and assessing body movements with psychological methods for eliciting and validating emotions. By studying the biomechanics of whole body movements when emotions are experienced, Dr. Gross’ research extends the basis for the understanding how emotion is manifest in body systems in health and disease.

Areas of interest

Behavioral biomechanics; musculoskeletal biomechanics; functional ability.

Contact

Melissa
Gross
CCRB 3738
401 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
(734) 764-9663
(734) 936-1925

Classes

Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
KINESLGY 437 Motion Capture and Animation for Biomechanics 3 Winter, As Arranged Gross
Course Name RO: MotnCap Anim Biomech
Course Level: Graduate
Description
Motion capture technology is widely used in biomechanics research to analyze human movement and in entertainment applications to animate human movement. In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of contemporary motion capture and to apply this knowledge to their own animations and biomechanical analyses. Students will also learn how to create rudimentary animations of human movement without motion capture, and will gain an appreciation for traditional animation methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to use their knowledge of motion capture technology and biomechanical concepts to critically evaluate kinematic data and animations of human movements in scientific and entertainment applications.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 330 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 230 Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3 Fall, Winter Gross
Course Name RO: Hum Musculo Anat
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
In this course, students will learn bone names and landmarks, joint structure and kinematic characteristics, and the names, attachments and functions of the major muscles in the human body. After taking the course, students will be able to describe human movement in anatomical language, and to identify the specific muscles responsible for controlling body movements.
Prerequisites:
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 437 Motion Capture and Animation for Biomechanics 3 Fall, Winter, As Arranged Gross
Course Name RO: MotnCap Anim Biomech
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
Motion capture technology is widely used in biomechanics research to analyze human movement and in entertainment applications to animate human movement. In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of contemporary motion capture and to apply this knowledge to their own animations and biomechanical analyses. Students will also learn how to create rudimentary animations of human movement without motion capture, and will gain an appreciation for traditional animation methods. At the end of the course, students will be able to use their knowledge of motion capture technology and biomechanical concepts to critically evaluate kinematic data and animations of human movements in scientific and entertainment applications.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 330 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC

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