Ryan T. Schroeder

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD - Biomedical Engineering

University of Calgary & Edith Cowan University (cotutelle program), 2020

MS – Mechanical Engineering, Specialty in Dynamics and Controls

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2014

BS – Mechanical Engineering

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013

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Research and teaching

Movement science & musculoskeletal health

  • Locomotion Energetics
  • Neuromechanics
  • Human-machine Interfaces

Research interests

Schroeder’s doctoral work investigated human responses to oscillatory machine environments while performing locomotion. He uses dynamic optimization models that predict energetically efficient movement patterns to compare or contrast with empirical data on humans learning novel tasks. The ultimate goal of this work is to understand fundamental motivations for preferred movement patterns in humans that can inform design of mechanical aides such as prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons.

Supervisor: Dr. Art Kuo, PhD


Vial, S, Croft, JL, Schroeder, RT, Blazevich, AJ, Wilkie, JC. Does the presence of an opponent affect object projection accuracy in elite athletes? A study of the landing location of the short serve in elite badminton players. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (2020) DOI: 10.1177/1747954120915670

Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA, Nguyen, VS, Hac, VV, Croft, JL. Load carrying with flexible bamboo poles: Optimization of a coupled oscillator system. Journal of Experimental Biology (2019) DOI: 10.1242/jeb.203760

Croft, JL, Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. The landscape of movement control in locomotion: Cost, strategy, and solution. Frontiers in Psychology (2019) DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00716

Croft, JL, Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. Determinants of optimal leg use strategy: Horizontal to vertical transition in the parkour wall climb. Journal of Experimental Biology (2018) DOI: 10.1242/jeb.190983

Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. Minimally actuated walking: Identifying core challenges to economical legged locomotion reveals novel solutions. Frontiers in Robotics and AI (2018) DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2018.00058

Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. Properties of traditional bamboo carrying poles have implications for user interactions. PLoS ONE (2018) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0196208

Polet DT, Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. Reducing gravity takes the bounce out of running. Journal of Experimental Biology (2017) DOI: 10.1242/jeb.162024

Croft, JL, Schroeder, RT, Bertram, JEA. The goal of locomotion: Separating the fundamental task from the mechanisms that accomplish it. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review (2017) DOI:10.3758/s13423-016-1222-3