Dr Dominic Farris
Senior Lecturer


Research interests

Human movement requires that many muscles exert forces and do mechanical work on the skeleton in an efficient and coordinated manner. The way in which muscles with different morphologies and mechanical constraints contribute to movements may vary depending on the objectives and constraints of a movement. My research is focussed on how muscles of the lower limb contribute to producing steady locomotion and powerful bursts of movement. Of particular interest is how the architecture of muscles dictates their contribution to movement and how movement is optimised. To investigate such paradigms, my work incorporates ultrasound imaging, motion analysis, electromyography and simulation techniques to experimentally and theoretically study muscle mechanics during locomotion. I am also interested in taking inspiration from biological musculoskeletal mechanisms to help develop wearable devices that augment or assist human movement.

Research projects

Example current projects include:

  • Examining the neuromechanical function of the human foot during walking and running
  • Studying lower limb and muscle mechanics during jumping to understand movement preferences and design a jumping exotendon
  • How do muscles with series elasticity contribute to mechanical work in a range of tasks
  • How does the human foot interact with different surfaces

Research grants

  • 2017 Australian Research Council
    Optimising the spring in your step to enhance footwear design

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