Dr. Friedl De Groote
Friedl De Groote is an assistant professor in the Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group at the Department of Movement Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium. She received her MSc degree in Mechanical engineering and her PhD degree in Mechanical engineering from KU Leuven, in 2005 and 2009, respectively. From 2009 until 2016, she was a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven. She has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University, the University of Florida, and Georgia Tech/Emory University. She uses a blended computational and experimental approach to study the interaction between motor control and musculoskeletal dynamics in healthy and pathological movement. Key to this approach is the development of numerical methods for analysis and simulation of human motion and modeling of the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Currently, she applies this blended computational and experimental approach to study mechanisms underlying balance control deficits in older adults and walking impairments in cerebral palsy. Her long-term aim is the development of predictive simulations of human motion that are sufficiently accurate and numerically efficient to be used for the design of training and treatment programs.