MIT IAP—Biomechanics in everyday life

Most of us learn to breathe and walk and move at a time that we can’t recall much from and use these skills throughout our lives without really knowing how exactly they work, and how to improve them. Several scientists and artists have spent their lives deciphering how these processes work. Their insights can help you perfect your craft if you are an athlete, martial artist, performance artist, or even interested in improving your health and well-being.

In this course, you will see how motion capture, photogrammetry, EMG, and virtual reality can be applied to understand more deeply how our body achieves tasks that seem intuitive and easy to us, and how these tools can be used in research, education, and athletic and artistic improvement.

This course is sponsored by the MIT.nano Immersion Lab, which provides space, tools, and a platform to connect scientists and engineers with artists, musicians, and performers through creative projects that bridge multiple disciplines. It also showcases the capabilities of the MIT Clinical Research Center, which supports human research and medical innovation.

You only need to bring your curiosity. There will be four weekly sessions. You can attend either the Wednesday sessions or the Sunday sessions based on your availability. Each session will open with a presentation of concepts and tools and have an interactive component where we will apply the concepts. The session leader will stay after the one-hour session to take questions.

After signing up, you will receive a zoom link by email. If you have already signed up, then you will receive the zoom link on Dec 21. Participants signing up after Dec 21 will receive the link on January 4.

See the syllabus and schedule.

For logistical questions, contact Shereece Beckford; for course-related questions, contact Praneeth Namburi.
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