Robert E Kearney

Academic title(s): 

Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Associate Member
Department of Physiology
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy 
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
Phone: 
514-398-6737
Address: 

Duff Medical Building
3775 University Street, Room 309
Montréal, QC  H3A 2B4

Email address: 
robert.kearney [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Biomedical Engineering
Area of expertise: 

Human Motor Control. This research addresses the role of the peripheral neuromuscular system in the control of posture and movement. System identification methods are used to address three main questions: (1) What are the mechanical properties of human joints and how do they vary under normal physiological conditions? (2) What mechanisms are responsible for generating the mechanical behavior; what are the relative roles of intrinsic muscle properties and reflex mechanisms? (3) What role do these mechanical properties play in the control of posture and movement?

Biomedical System Identification and Signal Analysis. This research focuses on the development of tools and techniques for the analysis of biomedical signals and system and their application to clinically relevant problems . The emphasis is on practical methods for the identification of linear-time-varying and nonlinear systems within a continuous-time, nonparametric context. Current application areas are: (1) human motor control; (2) respiratory monitoring for apnea detection/prediction in the pediatric recovery room; and (3) automated decision support for electronic fetal monitoring.

Research areas: 
Signals and Systems
Biomedical Sensors, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
Area(s): 
Biomechanics
System Identification
Signal Processing
Human Motor Control
Stretch reflexes
Neonatal
Extubation