Neuromechanics Laboratory

Clare Small 106, 107, 111c

Department of Integrative Physiology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0354
Lab Phone: 303-492-0926
Fax: 303-492-4009

Research Interests

  • The Neuromechanics Lab investigates the effects of instability and uncertainty on human control of movement and posture. Experiments in the lab use a combination of approaches involving virtual reality, robotic interfaces, kinetic and kinematic analyses. Coupled with computational models, these investigations will provide greater insight into the interplay between the biomechanical and sensorimotor processes underlying human movement control and decision-making.
  • See our detailed Neuromechanics Lab Web site for the most up-to-date information.


  • Director: Alaa Ahmed, Ph.D.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow: Helen Huang, Ph.D.
  • Graduate Students: Alison Pienciek, M.S., Rajiv Lall, B.S.
  • Undergraduate Student: Tyler Matlock.
  • Collaborators: Rodger Kram, PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder; Chris Arellano, MS, University of Colorado at Boulder; Kristine Snyder, MS, University of Colorado at Boulder; Luc Selen, PhD, University of Radboud, Nijmeian; David Franklin, PhD, University of Cambridge, UK; Daniel Wolpert, PhD, University of Cambridge, UK; Mike Mozer, PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Current Research Projects

  • Effect of age and coactivation on movement control (Huang, Pienciek, Ahmed).
  • Dynamics learning and generalization for postural control (Huang, Lall, Ahmed).
  • Neuroeconomics of Locomotion (Kram, Ahmed).
  • Effect of step width on balance during running (Matlock, Arellano, Kram, Ahmed).
  • Dynamic stability during running (Snyder, Arellano, Kram, Ahmed).
  • A stochastic optimal feedback control model of whole-body reaching (Ahmed).
  • Effect of stiffness on dynamic learning (Selen, Franklin, Ahmed, Wolpert).

Opportunities for Undergraduates

  • The requirements for undergraduates who are seeking a research experience in the lab are:
    • Minimum one year commitment
    • Minimum 8 hr/week time commitment
    • No prior experience required
  • For more information, contact Prof. Alaa Ahmed (


Recent Publications