Profile: Stephen Cain
Research Investigator, U Michigan
Research interests include: Development and use of novel experimental methods and instrumentation to quantify changes in biomechanics that accompany learning, adaptation, or fatigue; human/bicycle dynamics; human gait; human balance; sports biomechanics; MEMS inertial sensor applications.
NoteStreams By Stephen Cain
Humans have been riding bicycle-like machines for close to 200 years, beginning with the Draisine or “velocipede” in 1817.
While riding and balancing a bicycle can seem simple and effortless, the actual control process used by a human rider is still somewhat of a mystery. Using mathematical equations, researchers have explained how a bicycle without a rider can balance itself and have identified the bicycle design features critical for that to happen.