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    Dear Biomch-L Subscribers,

    You are invited to participate in a symposium on "Dynamics and Stability
    of Human Movement Systems" we are organizing for the 16th US National
    Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNCTAM) to be held at
    Penn State University, June 27 - July 2, 2010. The Congress, held every
    four years, is the premier American forum for networking and technical
    information exchange for researchers and students interested in

    This symposium is designed to encourage the development of new thoughts
    and ideas leading to an improved understanding of human dynamics and
    stability. We hope to generate thoughtful discussions on the associated
    medical problems and the methods used to analyze them. Topics of
    interest include, but are not limited to:

    1. Medical conditions and injuries associated with instability including
    falls, ankle injuries, torso instability, stroke, Parkinson's disease,
    peripheral neuropathy, stability of prosthetics, muscular dystrophy,
    cerebral palsy, and comparative biology

    2. Understanding stability in normal human movement including dynamic
    models of walking, trunk/spinal movements, upper extremity movements,
    and the effects of neuromuscular time delays

    3. Methods used to analyze human dynamics and stability including
    kinematic variability parameters, Lyapunov stability, detrended
    fluctuation analysis, stabilogram diffusion analysis, basins of
    stability, thresholds of stability, Hurst exponents, and Floquet

    4. Future development directions for the field.

    Development and application of both experimental techniques and
    computational models are encouraged.

    Authors should submit a two-page extended abstract on the USNCTAM2010
    website by December 31, 2009
    ( To navigate to
    the symposium, from the top menu bar go to -> Technical Program ->
    Technical Tracks -> Dynamics -> 5-10 Dynamics and Stability of Human
    Movement Systems.

    We are looking forward to seeing you next year.

    Best Regards,

    Martin L. Tanaka, Wake Forest University,

    Jonathan B. Dingwell, University of Texas at Austin,