Dr Yanxin Zhang


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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

Yanxin Zhang's research is concentrated on the development of biomechanical methods to simulate, evaluate and optimize human motions.

The two major interests are:

  • To apply motion capture techniques to study sports activities and use simulation and optimization methods to find movement patterns which can enhance activity performance and reduce injury occurrence.
  • To develop neuron-muscular-skeletal models to investigate muscle coordination during multi-joint limb movements and the underlying neural control mechanisms, which could have potential to create the theoretical basis of developing effective approach for rehabilitation and functional restoration after neuromuscular injury.

He is also interested in developing and applying quantitative methods, especially methods based on modern control theory and fuzzy logic, to study human motor learning and decision making process in sports activities and human-machine interaction.


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ma, Y., Zhang, Y., Shao, M., & Liu, X. (2018). Study of Ankle Rocker Functions for Unilateral Transtibial Amputees During Slope Walking by Using Effective Roll-Over and Moment Arms Analysis. Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics, 8 (2), 387-393. 10.1166/jmihi.2018.2302
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40648
  • Sheng, B., Zhang, Y., Tang, L., Xie, S., & Deng, C. (2018). A Bilateral Training System for Upper-limb Rehabilitation: A Follow-up Study. Paper presented at IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Auckland, NEW ZEALAND. 9 July - 12 July 2018. 2018 IEEE/ASME INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ADVANCED INTELLIGENT MECHATRONICS (AIM). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lihua Tang, Bo Sheng
  • Zhu, X. Y., Kim, H. K., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Development of an Enhanced Musculoskeletal Model for Simulating Lumbar Spine Loading During Manual Lifting Tasks. Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Digital Human Modeling - Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics, and Risk Management (DHM) held as part of 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International), Vancouver, CANADA. 9 July - 14 July 2017. DIGITAL HUMAN MODELING: APPLICATIONS IN HEALTH, SAFETY, ERGONOMICS, AND RISK MANAGEMENT: ERGONOMICS AND DESIGN. (pp. 9). 10.1007/978-3-319-58463-8_20
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hyun Kyung Kim
  • Kim, H. K., & Zhang, Y. (2017). Estimation of lumbar spinal loading and trunk muscle forces during asymmetric lifting tasks: application of whole-body musculoskeletal modelling in OpenSim. Ergonomics, 60 (4), 563-576. 10.1080/00140139.2016.1191679
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33291
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Hyun Kyung Kim
  • Sheng, B., Zhang, Y., Meng, W., Deng, C., & Xie, S. (2016). Bilateral robots for upper-limb stroke rehabilitation: State of the art and future prospects. Medical Engineering & Physics, 38 (7), 587-606. 10.1016/j.medengphy.2016.04.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bo Sheng
  • Zhang, M., Davies, T. C., Zhang, Y., & Xie, S. Q. (2016). A real-time computational model for estimating kinematics of ankle ligaments. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 19 (8), 835-844. 10.1080/10255842.2015.1064113
  • Zhang, M., Meng, W., Davies, T. C., Zhang, Y., & Xie, S. Q. (2016). A robot-driven computational model for estimating passive ankle torque with subject-specific adaptation. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 63 (4), 814-821. 10.1109/TBME.2015.2475161
  • Ma, Y., Xie, S., & Zhang, Y. (2016). A patient-specific EMG-driven neuromuscular model for the potential use of human-inspired gait rehabilitation robots. Computers in Biology and Medicine, 70, 88-98. 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2016.01.001


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Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 235
New Zealand

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