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Samuel Smith

Assistant Professor in Biomechanics, Faculty of Engineering



I studied Medical Engineering at the University of Surrey, graduating 2014 then completed a PhD in Bioengineering under Prof Anthony Bull at Imperial College London, finishing in 2017. For 4 years I worked as a clinical biomechanist at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Stanford Hall, providing gait analysis and biomechanical analysis services to the injured service personnel who were resident at DMRC.

I joined the University of Nottingham in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor in Biomechanics and am part of the Human Factors research group.

Expertise Summary

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PHD STUDENTS - funding will be explored upon discussion.

I specialise in the biomechanical evaluation of human movement and its general applications to everyday health, with interests in applying advanced modelling techniques to gain a better understanding of daily function and the use of wearables to collect movement data in any environment.

My previous work has involved using musculoskeletal modelling to calculate joint contact and muscle forces for activities of daily living in the elderly, and for general exercise tasks in the military. I have previously provided a clinical service to military clinicians to aid in healthcare delivery for a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, complex blast injuries and neurological conditions.

I am particularly interested in how biomechanics is used to aid in clinical decision making. I strongly believe biomechanical assessments should be used more in frontline healthcare, providing clinicians with a better understanding of both how musculoskeletal injuries have manifested and how compensatory actions produced due to these injuries can cause secondary, or even tertiary, effects on the integrity of the human musculoskeletal system.

Areas of interest I am currently exploring/hoping to explore and welcome collaborations and/or student projects in:

  • Optimising sports performance through biomechanically profiling typical movements
  • Use of wearable technology outside of the laboratory environment and data collection over extended durations
  • Ergonomic evaluations using biomechanics
  • Collection of non-injured data for biomechanical profiling purposes
  • Monitoring of MSK health
  • Injury prevention programmes utilising pre-season biomechanical profiles
  • General use of musculoskeletal modelling in clinical and occupational settings

I also welcome any ideas and projects which make use of the human performance laboratory, which contains optical motion capture, force plate technology, isokinetic dynamometry, wireless surface electromyography, and wearable IMU motion capture suits. Please get in touch if you are a fellow academic, research group, current/potential industry partner, or just generally interested, and wish to discuss using our facilities.

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Human Factors Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4040