Kevin Mattheus Moerman

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

About me

I am a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group where I lead the mechanical interfaces research track. My current research is focused on developing novel experimental and computational methods for automated and data-driven design of prosthetic interfaces (see also Moerman et al. preprint).
As part of my research I maintain the open source project GIBBON which is a toolbox for computational (bio)mechanics.

Schematic flow of socket design framework
The GIBBON project

Short bio

Kevin M. Moerman is a biomechanical and design engineer. After completing a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering he worked as a design engineer of agricultural robotic systems. He then decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioengineering at Trinity College Dublin to learn how to apply his engineering skills in understanding and augmenting the human body. His final thesis focused on the finite element analysis of blast induced brain injury relevant to the design of protective headgear. Being fascinated by the union of fundamental science, engineering, and advanced computational methods he stayed at Trinity College to obtain a PhD in Bioengineering. The topic of the PhD was the creation of a framework for the non-invasive analysis of the mechanical properties of human soft tissue, with relevance to impact biomechanics and crash safety. The success of his PhD relied heavily on his broad engineering background. The work included the development and validation of novel experimental MRI equipment, sensors, and imaging methodologies. However it also involved the creation of a rigorous mathematical and 3D computational modelling framework for the investigation of muscle tissue mechanical behaviour. Following his PhD he started as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam (2011-2015), working on new techniques to understand and prevent pressure ulcer development. His subsequent postdoctoral experience was at the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group where he worked on novel methods for automated design of prosthetic sockets. He is currently Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group where he leads the research track on mechanical interfaces. Kevin also holds a visiting research fellow position at Trinity College Dublin collaborating on computational modelling of soft tissue mechanical behaviour. Kevin has shared his work at international conferences and is often involved in the organization of special sessions and workshops. During his academic career he has amassed a wealth of computational tools for image-based modelling and inverse finite element analysis, resulting in the creation of his GIBBON open-source software project which he maintains on a voluntary basis.