Meeting Young Researchers



Research Area:
biomechanical imaging methodology and applications, pedobarography (foot pressure measurement and analysis), finite element modelling of biomechanical systems
human locomotion, gait and posture, statistical parametric mapping,digital image processing
3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda-shi, Nagano-ken
Japan 386-8567
Tel: +81-268-21-5609
E-mail: tpataky[at-mark]

2004.9 - 2006.8:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Advanced Telecommunications Research (ATR) International, Japan.

2006.9 - 2009.8: 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Human Anatomy & Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Liverpool.

2009.9 - present: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Young Researchers Empowerment Center, Shinshu University, Japan.

1995.9 - 1999.8: 
B.Sc., Department of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, Canada. .

1999.9 - 2001.8: 
 M.S., Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

2001.9 - 2004.8: 
Ph.D., Departments of Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering (minor), The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

2011: University of Liverpool Proof of Concept Grant (GBP£41,500). Funds for business development and software engineering towards commercialization.
2010: Young Investigator Award (bronze) (SGD$400). Pataky TC, "Topological statistics for probabilistic finite element simulations", presented at the 6th World Congress on Biomechanics, Singapore.
2010: JSPS Young Researcher Grant (Wakate B) (JPY¥3,880,000). “Development of biomechanical imaging techniques based on neuroimaging statistics”.
2009: Nike Award for Athletic Footwear Research (USD$25,000). D'Aout K, Pataky T, De Clercq D, Aerts P, “The effects of habitual footwear use: foot shape and function in native barefoot walkers", presented at the 9th Biennial International Society of Biomechanics Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Selected Publications:
  • Pataky TC, Bosch K, Mu T, Keijsers NLW, Segers V, Rosenbaum D, Goulermas JY (2011). An anatomically unbiased foot template for inter-subject plantar pressure evaluation. Gait & Posture 33(3): 418-422.
  • Pataky TC (2010). Generalized n-dimensional field analysis using statistical parametric mapping. Journal of Biomechanics 43(10): 1976-1982.
  • Crompton RH, Pataky TC (2009). Stepping out. Science 323: 1174-1175.
  • Pataky TC (2008). Assessing the significance of pedobarographic signals using random field theory. Journal of Biomechanics. 41(11): 2465-2473.
  • Pataky TC, Goulermas JY (2008). Pedobarographic statistical parametric mapping: a pixel-level approach to foot pressure image analysis. Journal of Biomechanics. 41(10): 2136-2143.
  • Pataky TC, Caravaggi P, Savage R, Parker D, Goulermas JY, Sellers WI, Crompton RH (2008). New insights into the plantar pressure correlates of walking speed using pedobarographic statistical parametric mapping (pSPM). Journal of Biomechanics 41(9): 1987-1994.

My Research:

My research at Shinshu University focuses on biomechanical imaging: its methodology and applications. Mechanical fields like pressure and heat act on the bodies of all biological systems, whether we are in motion or are at rest. For example: when we grasp an object with our hands, when our feet contact the ground during walking, when we sit on a chair; in all these situations forces are distributed over a contact area. This force distribution may be captured experimentally as an image, and the same is true of other mechanical fields like heat and moisture. I am interested in developing new methods for analyzing those images.

My previous work includes foot pressure image analysis and visualization (see pictures below), footprint and gait modeling using finite element analysis, functional brain imaging, and finger coordination mechanics. I hope to take advantage of the community knowledge in each field to improve my work, and I hope that new image analysis and visualization techniques will help to improve our understanding of biomechanical fields. And, most of all, I hope that this work will some day help to improve the lives of those who suffer from movement-related diseases.

Figure 1. Example of foot pressures acting on sand during walking. This image was rendered using Blender, free 3D animation software.
Figure 2. Visualization of foot pressures generated during walking. Red areas indicate areas of high pressure and grey areas indicate low pressure. There is high pressure generated at the heel during the beginning of stance, and at the big in late stance, during push-off.

My goal

My research goal is to help develop the field of external biomechanical imaging with the hopes of helping to solve problems in biological movement science. My educational goal is to offer students at Shinshu University a supportive and flexible environment for learning Bioengineering concepts, to help them realize their academic and applied potential, and to help them find paths for their future careers.