Dr Gabor Barton
Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics
Dr Gabor Barton's research interests at LJMU cover;
- Fundamental research in biomechanics
- Clinically applied research in the areas of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and decison-making support with artificial neural networks
- Development and implementation
He is presently a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics at LJMU, having previously undertaken a 3 year research programme at the University which led to assuming a position at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Whilst there he oversaw the Clinical Gait Analysis service.
Dr Barton's most current, on-going research concentrates on 'The effect of balance training on postural control in children with cerebral palsy - in collaboration with Alder Hey Children's Hospital.'
Dr Barton's more specific research has seen him investigate the application of neural networks to support decision making in clinical gait analysis. He is also charged with helping to establish the Movement Function Research Laboratory which is the most recent development at LJMU's School of Sport and Excercise Science' Research Institute for Sport and Excercise Sciences. (RISES) This state-of-the-art facility is home to the CAREN system which allows a combination of balance, posture, gait, biomechanics and motor control fused with virtual reality.
Dr Barton is also involved in the exploration of the balance mechanisms of the elderly in response to excercise programmes, the effect of balance training on postural control in children with cerebral palsy, and the assessment of upper limb function and rehabilitation following tendon transfer in tetraplegia.
Dr Barton lectures on a regular basis on the following subjects;
- clinical gait analysis
- functional anatomy
- biomechanics of gait and injuries
- sports biomechanics
- sports technology
Over the past few years he's had a series of publications peer-reviewed and through the Biomechanical Assessment Service he's capitalising on his clinical and gait analysis background in an attempt to help members of the public with their movement problems.
1. Barton JG, Lees A, Lisboa P, Attfield S (2006) Gait quality assessment using self-organising artificial neural networks. Gait and Posture, in Press
2. Barton JG, Vanrenterghem J, Lees A, Lake M (2006) A method for manipulating a movable platform’s axes of rotation: a novel use of the CAREN system. Gait and Posture
3. Barton JG, Lees, A, Lisboa, P, Attfield, S (2006) Visualisation of gait data with Kohonen self‑organising neural maps. Gait and Posture
4. Lees A, Vanrenterghem J, Barton JG, Lake M (2006) Kinematic response characteristics of the CAREN moving platform system for use in posture and balance research. Medical Engineering and Physics, in Press
5. Williams AM, Hodges NJ, North J, Barton JG (2006) Perceiving patterns of play in dynamic sport tasks: Investigating the essential information underlying skilled performance. Perception
6. Robinson M, Lees A, Barton JG (2005) An electromyographic investigation of abdominal exercises and the effects of fatigue. Ergonomics.
7. Lees A. and Barton JG. (2005) A characterisation of technique in the soccer kick using a Kohonen neural network analysis. In T. Reilly, J. Cabri and D. Araujo (Eds) Science and Football V . Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress of Science and Football, London, Routledge
Invited Textbook Chapter, since 2001
Barton JG (2005) Visualisation of gait data using a self organising artificial neural network. Invited Chapter in Computational Intelligence for Movement Sciences: Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines and other Emerging Techniques. Editors: Begg, RK and Palaniswami, M, Idea Group Inc., USA