Melissa Gross

About

Dr. Melissa Gross has been on the faculty at the School of Kinesiology since 1991, and is currently associate professor of Movement Science and director of the Behavioral Biomechanics Lab (BBL). Dr. Gross also holds an appointment as an associate professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design. She completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Gross has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Biomechanics and Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Her service has included two terms on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, and she is a manuscript reviewer for Clinical Biomechanics, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Experimental Brain Research, and Gait and Posture. She has received more than $1.5 million in grant funding from organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development.

In 2014 Dr. Gross received an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship, which "recognizes and rewards faculty for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education." She has been a member on several University committees dealing with academic innovation and digital learning, and was director of Innovative Teaching and Learning for the School of Kinesiology between 2013 and 2017. Her affiliations include the American Society of Biomechanics (fellow), American Association of Anatomists, and International Society for Posture and Gait Research. She is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Gross teaches Movement Science courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including MOVESCI 437: Motion Capture and Animation for Biomechanics and MOVESCI 230: Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy.

Areas of interest

Behavioral biomechanics; musculoskeletal biomechanics; active learning.

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
MOVESCI 434 Scientific Inquiry Using Motion Capture 3 As Arranged Gross
Course Name RO: Sci Inquiry Mocap
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
Students will gain hands-on experience with motion capture in the context of scientific Inquiry in this blended learning course. Students will have the opportunity to work in teams to address their own research questions by designing small-scale experiments, collecting and analyzing kinematic data, and preparing presentations to share their findings.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 330
Component: LAB

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