Tao Liu

Dr. Tao Liu

PhD, PEng


Postdoctoral Associate

Faculty of Kinesiology

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

cell: 7802636893


Office: KNB222


Educational Background

PhD Biomechanics, University of Alberta, 2018

MSc Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2015

BSc Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, 2013


His research has centered on the use of biomechanical modelling and machine learning principles to evaluate clinical conditions and inform the design of health technology. His research has included developing novel approaches to understand low back pain etiology, scoliosis brace design, and design of talus implants, which have been patented and are currently in use at the University of Alberta Hospital. Currently, He is using wearable sensors, modelling and algorithm to monitor human health (e.g. diabetic foot condition)  and evaluating footwear design in order to enhance running performance.


Areas of Research

Implant design, Wearables, Computational biomechanics

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Mitacs Accelerate Award, Mitacs. 2022
  • Life Science Fellowship Award (shortlisted project), University of Calgary. 2020