Biomechatronics, Assistive Devices, Gait Engineering, and Rehabilitation Laboratory



The UW BADGER Lab has a 955 sq. ft. motion analysis lab, a 480 sq. ft. design-and-build space, and a shared student office space (814 sq. ft.) in the UW Mechanical Engineering Building. We also have access to the facilities of the UW Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab, another group in the Biomechanics cluster within the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our motion lab is also used for undergraduate and graduate Biomechanics courses.


The motion lab includes a 12-camera, 240 Hz OptiTrack passive-marker motion capture system, two Bertec force plates mounted in a 20 meter walkway, and a National Instruments analog data acquisition system. These systems work together to provide a complete gait analysis facility. We also have a variety of wearable inertial sensors to track motion of the limbs and body outside the laboratory. The design-and-build lab includes benchtop and hand tools for mechanical and electronic prototyping, and a Test Resources material testing machine used to test the mechanical properties of our creations.