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Prof. Stéphane Armand

Group leader / Assistant Professor

Kinesiology Laboratory - HUG/UNIGE
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Presentation: I am currently group leader and assistant professor at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Medicine) and director of the Kinesiology Laboratory at the Geneva University Hospitals. I have obtained a PhD in Biomechanics in 2005 (Valenciennes, France). My research aims to better identify and understand human gait disorders, and to improve the management of these disorders. I am particularly interested in providing scientific evidence in the field of gait analysis (i.e. identification, understanding and management of gait deviations).  I am also involved in the board of the  European Society for Movement analysis in Adults and Children - ESMAC (leader of the group: standardization of clinical gait analysis). I am convinced that scientists need to share (e.g. data, papers, protocols, code) and collaborate to speed up research and to improve knowledge in the public health domain. My close collaboration with medical doctors and patients made me aware of concrete medical concerns in clinical practice for which we try to find common solutions.

Keywords: Kinesiology; Human movement analysis; Biomechanics; Clinical gait analysis; Gait; Walking; Kinematics; Kinetics; EMG; Plantar pressure; Inertial sensors; Dual tasks; Daily life monitoring; Data fusion; Machine learning; Cerebral palsy; Idiopathic toe-walker; Scoliosis; Joint arthrosis; Low back pain; Multiple sclerosis; Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus; Parkinson.

ORCID: 0000-0001-9144-4982

Related projects: 

  • Modeling / Simulation  
    • Modeling pathological gait resulting from motor impairments: compare and combine neuromechanical simulation and machine learning approaches
    • Development of a gait simulator allowing the introduction of various perturbations
    • Development of a robotic platform for biomechanics studies of in vivo and in vitro joints in native and pathological condition
  • Improving clinical gait analysis
    • KINEMAGICS: 3D kinematics for clinical gait analysis using wearable sensors
    • ULTRAMOTION: An innovative approach to measure 4D in vivo bony segment motions based on the fusion between ultrasound and motion capture
  • Low back pain & Scoliosis
    • Non-specific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) in children and adolescents: Electromyographic, kinematic and psychosocial characterization
    • Identifying Subgroups of Patients With Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain Based on a Multifactorial Approach
    • Identification and validation of trunk motor control biomarkers for chronic low back pain
    • Rasterstereography: A 3D radiation-free tool to evaluate scoliosis angle in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis
  • Joint arthrosis & replacement
    • KIS: Characterization of knee instability after knee arthroplasty
    • PATH: Pre and post-surgery success criteria of functional outcome in total hip arthroplasty
    • Biomechanics of the gait after total knee arthroplasty
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
    • Normal pressure hydrocephalus: identification of objective diagnostic markers
  • Humanitarian
    • Implementation of a low-cost movement laboratory and training for the management of gait disorders

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