Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Zaino on earning her Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering! Dr. Zaino’s PhD thesis dissertation was titled Walking and Rolling: Evaluation Technology to Support Multimodal Mobility for Individuals with Disabilities. Congratulations and best of luck as you move forward training on the Elite Team at Crosscut Mountain Sports Center in para nordic sit skiing and assistive technology field.
Congratulations to Dr. Megan Ebers on earning her Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering! Dr. Eber’s PhD thesis dissertation was titled Machine Learning for Dynamical Models of Human Movement. Congratulations and best of luck as you move forward as a Postdoc in the AMATH department at UW!
Congratulations to Dr. Elijah Kuska on earning his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering! Dr. Kuska’s PhD thesis dissertation was titled In Silico Techniques to Improve Understanding of Gait in Cerebral Palsy. Congratulations and best of luck as you move forward as an assistant teaching professor at the Colorado School of Mines!
Journal Article in PLOS ONE:
Causal inference is inherently ambiguous since we cannot observe multiple realizations of the same person with different characteristics. Causal models must be evaluated through indirect means and reasoning.
Aim: The main objectives in conducting this study were to (1) propose a comprehensive model for quantifying the causes and consequences of walking impairments and (2) demonstrate the potential utility of the model for supporting clinical care and addressing basic scientific questions related to walking.
Method: This paper introduced a model consisting of 10 nodes and 23 primary causal paths and demonstrated the model’s utility using a large sample of gait data.
Results: The model was plausible, captured some well-known cause-effect relationships, provided new insights into others, and generated novel hypotheses requiring further testing through simulation or experiment.
Interpretation: This model is a proposal that is meant to be critically evaluated, validated or refuted, altered, and improved over time. Such improvements might include the introduction of new nodes, variables, and paths.