Jonathan Dingwell

Jonathan Dingwell


Exercise Science


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 536



Nonlinear Biodynamics Lab

Courses of Instruction
KIN 326K:  “Biomechanical Analysis of Movement”
KIN 395 (Topic 59):  “Biomechanics in Clinical Settings”
KIN 395 (Topic 63): “Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics in Biological Systems”

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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Our laboratory is dedicated to understanding the biomechanics and neuromuscular control processes that underlie complex adaptive human movements. We are interested in examining both basic science and clinically relevant questions related to issues such as:

·       Maintaining dynamic stability during walking

·       Motor coordination during fatigue, repetitive stress injuries, and complex skill learning

·       Understanding the role of neuronal noise in movement coordination

We address these questions using a variety of experimental and modeling approaches that are primarily derived from the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems.




1998-2001: Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago & Northwestern University

1998: Ph.D., Kinesiology (Minor in Engineering Science & Mechanics), Pennsylvania State University

1994: M.S., Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University

1990: B.S., Physics, Miami University


Representative Publications

Dingwell, J.B., Smallwood, R.F., and Cusumano, J.P. (2013)  “Trial-to-Trial Dynamics and Learning in Generalized, Redundant Reaching Tasks” Journal of Neurophysiology, 109(1): 225-237.

Gates, D.H., Dingwell, J.B., Scott, S.J., Sinitski, E.H., and Wilken, J.M. (2012)  “Gait Characteristics of Individuals with Transtibial Amputations Walking on a Destabilizing Rock Surface”  Gait & Posture, 36(1):  33–39.

Roos, P.E., and Dingwell, J.B. (2011)  “Influence of Simulated Neuromuscular Noise on the Dynamic Stability and Fall Risk of a 3D Dynamic Walking Model,”  Journal of Biomechanics, 44(8):  1514–1520.

McAndrew, P.M., Wilken, J.M., and Dingwell, J.B. (2011)  “Dynamic Stability of Human Walking in Visually and Mechanically Destabilizing Environments,”  Journal of Biomechanics, 44(4):  644–649.

Dingwell, J.B., John, J., and Cusumano, J.P. (2010)  “Do Humans Optimally Exploit Redundancy to Control Step Variability in Walking?” PLoS Computational Biology, 6(7): e1000856.

View all of Dr. Dingwell's publications on PubMed


Recent Awards

Current Research Projects and Grants


2011 – 2016:  “Improving Step-To-Step Control of Walking in Traumatic Amputees”, US Department of Defense, Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP), Contract # W81XWH-11-2-0222, ~$680,000. (PI).  [Note:  This is one of 4 initial sub-projects awarded under the ~$20 Million Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinical Consortium Award (ORCCA): “Bridging Advanced Developments for Exceptional Rehabilitation (BADER)” with PI Steven J. Stanhope].

2010 – 2014:  “Improving Dynamic Walking Stability in Traumatic Amputees”, National Institutes of Health (NICHD).  Grant # 1-R01-HD059844, ~$1.3 Million (PI).

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Biomechanics (2012 – Present),  IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering (2002 – 2006)
  • Editorial Board Member:  Journal of Biomechanics (2009-2012), Human Movement Science (2011 – Present), Journal of Motor Behavior (2007 – Present)
  • Invited Grant Proposal Reviewer, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Special Emphasis Panel, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (3 Times; 2010 – 2011).
  • Invited Grant Proposal Reviewer, Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Division, The National Science foundation (NSF) (3 Times; 2006 – 2008).