University of Alberta

Alireza Noamani


About ME

I received my B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2015. I also received my M.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada in 2018. I am currently a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Hossein Rouhani and Dr. Albert H. Vette at the Neuromuscular Control and Biomechanics Lab, University of Alberta.


  • Dr. Hossein Rouhani

  • Dr. Albert Vette

Research Interests:

  • Spine biomechanics

  • Wearable systems for daily health monitoring

  • Biomedical Signal processing

  • Postural balance and risk of falling assessment

  • Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence


During my B.Sc. at K. N. Toosi University of Technology, I worked on cardiovascular biomechanics with the main focus on aortic valve finite element modeling. Considering the highly nonlinear behavior of tissue materials and by employing continuum mechanic theories and constitutive material modeling, a hyper-elastic material was developed for Aortic Heart Valve tissue. The model was then implemented in an FE software to simulate the dynamic behavior of the Aortic Valve in response to high G acceleration, a crashworthiness scenario to simulate possible mechanisms of human injury.

During my M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs at the University of Alberta, I have been working on many different research projects. In a collaborative effort, I worked on the use of inertial measurement units (IMUs) for gait and balance assessments. These projects helped me collaborate with different research groups at the University of Alberta and clinicians at Glenrose rehabilitation hospital. Simultaneously, I have also worked on my M.Sc. thesis project which is about using optimization techniques to estimate an accurate set of body segment parameters for kinetic assessment of human trunk and how different seated postures contribute to intervertebral interactions.

I am currently working on a biomechanical assessment of dynamic balance and fall risk during sitting. We are currently conducting experiments at the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) housed at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

In addition to the CAREN system three types of equipment I commonly use in my research are:

  • Optoelectronic motion capture system to analyze kinematics of the body segments obtained via infrared cameras and reflective skin-mounted markers

  • Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) composed of 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope to design devices that are capable of assessing human motion via wearable easy-to-use sensors

  • Force plate to measure ground reaction forces and center of pressure

  • Electromyography (EMG) electrodes to measure the activity of the muscles during various movements


  • Awarded the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship for Doctoral program, March 2019

  • Awarded GSA Graduate Student Rising Star Award March 2019

  • Finalist for doctoral student presentation competition, The 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) 2018, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

  • University of Alberta Graduate Students' Association Academic Travel Award

  • University of Alberta Entrance Scholarship

  • Awarded as the 2nd team (ME-ECE-CS) at the University of Alberta Programming Contest, Winter 2018

  • The Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Awarded the Concordia University Entrance Scholarship valued (Declined)

  • Awarded to be a member of Golden Key International Honor Society as a top 15 percent graduate student of the University of Alberta

  • Member of Iran's National Elites Foundation due to elite academic and research records

  • Ranked 1st among more than 135 undergraduate students in Dynamics and Control group of Mechanical Engineering Department, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

  • Awarded the Graduate School Scholarship by the Council of K. N. Toosi University of Technology for Exceptional Talents


Journal Articles:

  • [J1]    M.  Nazarahari, A. Noamani, N.  Ahmadian, H.  Rouhani, “Sensor-to-Body Calibration Procedure for Clinical Lower Limb Motion Analysis Using Inertial Measurement Units”, Journal of Biomechanics, Vol 85, pp 224-229 (2019)

  • [J2]    Noamani, A. H. Vette, R. Preuss, M. R. Popovic, H. Rouhani, “Quantification of Multi-Segment Trunk Kinetics during Multi-Directional Trunk Bending”, Gait & Posture, 64, pp 205–212 (2018)

  • [J3]    Noamani, A. H. Vette, R. Preuss, M. R. Popovic, H. Rouhani, "Optimal Estimation of Anthropometric Parameters for Quantifying Multi-Segment Trunk Kinetics", Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (Transactions of the ASME), 140(10), pp 101003: 1-10 (2018)

  • [J4]    Noamani, V. Dehghan Niestanak, M. Asgari, "A 3D Unpressurized Model for Non Linear Dynamic Analysis of Human Aortic Valve in Dynamic Condition", Journal of Modares Mechanical Engineering, 16(3), pp 263-272(2017)

Conference Publications:

  • [C1]   A. Noamani, M. Nazarahari, H.  Rouhani, 2019, “Evaluation of Wearable Inertial Sensors for Quantification of Standing Balance”, International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), Calgary, AB, Canada

  • [C2]   M. Nazarahari, A. Noamani, H.  Rouhani, 2019, “Accurate and Repeatable Sensor-to-Body Calibration of Inertial Measurement Units for Lower Limbs Motion Analysis”, International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), Calgary, AB, Canada

  • [C3]   A. Noamani, A. H. Vette, Justin Lewicke, H. Rouhani, 2018, “Validity of Using Wearable  Inertial  Sensors  for  Assessing  the  Dynamics  of  Standing  Balance”, Spotlight on Innovation 2018, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada

  • [C4]  A. Noamani, A. H. Vette, R. Preuss, M. R. Popovic, H. Rouhani, 2018, “Optimized Body Segment Parameters for Multi-Segment Trunk Kinetics Assessment”, The Canadian Society for Biomechanics, Halifax, Canada

  • [C5]   A. Noamani, J. F. Lemay, D. Houston, J. Unger, G. Schock, K. Musselman, H.  Rouhani,  2018,  “The  Influence  of  Spinal  Cord  Injury  on  Long-term  Gait Variability”,  42nd  Annual  Meeting  of  the  American  Society  of  Biomechanics(ASB), Rochester, MN, USA

  • [C6]  J.F. Lemay, A. Noamani, J. Unger, H. Rouhani, K. Musselman, 2018, “Preliminary evaluation of the reliability and validity of gait stability parameters as measured with wearable sensors in individuals with spinal cord injury”,  57thInternational Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), Sydney, Australia

  • [C7]   A. Noamani, A. H. Vette, R. Preuss, M. R. Popovic, H. Rouhani, 2018, “Kinetics Analysis of Multi-Segment Trunk After Experimental Errors Minimization, The Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering International Congress, Toronto, Canada

  • [C8]   A. Noamani, A. H. Vette, R. Preuss, M. R. Popovic, H. Rouhani, 2016, “A multi-segment analysis of spine kinetics during seated, directional trunk bending, 17th Annual Alberta Biomedical Engineering Conference, Banff, Canada

  • [C9]   A. Noamani, R.  McAllister, A.  H.  Vette, H.  Rouhani,  2016,  “3D  Gait  Assessment and Temporal Events Detections Using Inertial Sensors, Spotlight on Research and Symposium, Edmonton, Canada

  • [C10]  S.  Ngan, A. Noamani, A.  H.  Vette, H.  Rouhani,  2016,  “Wearable  Sensors to  Monitor  Shoulder  Motion,  Spotlight  on  Research and  Symposium, Edmonton, Canada

  • [C11]    A. Noamani, V. Dehghan Niestanak , M. Asgari , 2016, Comparison of Linear and Nonlinear Human Aortic Valve FE Model Behavior, The 24th Annual Inter-national Conference on Mechanical Engineering ,Iranian Society of Mechanical Engineers (ISME), Iran

  • [C12]  A. Noamani,  V. Dehghan  Niestanak  ,  M. Asgari  ,  2015,  “Non  Linear  Dynamic FE Model of Human Aortic Valve Using a New-Developed Unpressurized  Model”,  2015  International  Conference  on  Mechanical  Engineering  and Automation Science (ICMEAS), Hong Kong, Paper ID: M039