Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2011
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisor: Scott Delp (Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering)

Research Title: Using optimal control theory to understand and improve human movement

Research Description: Carmichael’s research interest is in using engineering concepts to analyze human movement. His project combines tools from mechanical engineering and biology to create simulations of walking and running with heavy load. These simulations allow us to gather information that is impossible to measure experimentally. With this knowledge, we will better understand how to guide training programs and inform device design to reduce injuries, reduce fatigue, and improve human performance, especially for soldiers.


Carmichael is a research engineer with the Mobilize Center, Restore Center, and the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at Stanford University, and a consultant for applying simulation and machine learning methods in biomechanical applications.