There are lots of ways to contribute to and learn about our research
We have a diverse, multidisciplinary groups of researchers, so it is impossible to describe the “typical” project. For a survey of past projects, take a look at our publications, but remember that our current and future ones expand from that work. In short, we are interested in all aspects of neuromechanics — that is, interactions between the neural and musculoskeletal systems that influence the way we move. Some of us do experimental work on animals or humans, others perform computational studies, still others build things; everyone does a good deal of data analysis and programming in Matlab. We generally use balance control as a tractable paradigm for studying basic principles of neuromechanical interactions for movement. The ongoing research projects in the lab serve only as a jumping-off point for future research directions–what you bring to the table in terms of both enthusiasm and skills is just as important.
So before you contact anyone, take a minute to think about what kind of research would excite you, both on a day-to-day basis (e.g. deriving equations, programming, analyzing data, working with people, building circuits or devices) and on a long-term basis (e.g. building robots, helping patients, figuring out how the brain works). Why should we be excited about you joining the lab?