The Human Motion Institute

The vision is to improve human health by evidence-based decision support tools for diagnosis and treatment through a better understanding of the specific nature of human motion and its consequences for mind and body.

The core of the institute is the development of an open collaborative technology platform for the mobile medical monitoring of human motion.  This leads to a biomedical data warehouse for collecting, archiving, analysing, and disseminating human motion data including a library of algorithms. Key underlying scientific areas of computational medicine are: mathematics, physics, biostatistics, biomedical engineering, computer science, and imaging.

Key medical areas are:

  • disease oriented

    Neurological (degenerative diseases e. g.  MS - with the Ian McDonald MS Database of the , Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, pain) and other disabling diseases e. g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases including stroke.
The Human Motion Institute will certainly address a broader variety of illnesses. The listed diseases are intended to serve as ‘surrogates’ for the multitude of disorders that affect people in an ageing society.
  • therapy oriented

    Human gait is remarkable. It is the basis of human motion – gait and movement disorders are the hallmark of many disabling diseases. And yet: Motion is a blockbuster drug in its own right. A daily ‘dose’ of 30 to 45 minutes of brisk walking has shown strong beneficial long-term effects for many suffers and is even able to decrease mortality in several significant diseases.

To measure human motion the actibelt® was developed. The actibelt® is a research tool that allows to study physical activity in a large number of diseases. actibelt is a joint development of the Human Motion Institute and Trium Analysis Online GmbH. For more details please visit:

The Human Motion Institute is expected to have a long-term impact on the development of novel interdisciplinary fields, as well as being a stimulus an place for the development of a critical path toolkit.