Dr David Ackland

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 205
  • Building: Mechanical Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Computational modelling (muscle and joint function, motor control of human movement)
  • Experimental biomechanics (applied anatomy, orthopaedics)
  • Implant development and testing (orthopaedics, maxillofacial surgery)

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Dr Ackland is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on computational modelling and simulation of human movement, with a particular emphasis on upper limb and maxillofacial surgery and biomechanics. He employs medical imaging, human motion experiments including gait analysis, musculoskeletal modelling, and in vitro biomechanical experiments as his primary research techniques. Dr Ackland has close ties to the orthopaedics industry, and has a particular interest in design and evaluation of joint replacements and other implantable devices for the treatment of end-stage bone and joint conditions.

Recent publications

  1. Hik F, Ackland D. The moment arms of the muscles spanning the glenohumeral joint: a systematic review. JOURNAL OF ANATOMY. Cambridge University Press. 2019, Vol. 234, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12903
  2. Dimitroulis G, Austin S, Lee V, Ackland D. A new three-dimensional, print-on-demand temporomandibular prosthetic total joint replacement system: Preliminary outcomes. JOURNAL OF CRANIO-MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY. Churchill Livingstone. 2018, Vol. 46, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.05.028
  3. Roehrle O, Saini H, Lee P, Ackland D. A novel computational method to determine subject-specific bite force and occlusal loading during mastication. COMPUTER METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. Gordon Breach Publishing. 2018, Vol. 21, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1479744
  4. Timmi A, Coates G, Fortin K, Ackland D, Bryant A, Gordon I, Pivonka P. Accuracy of a novel marker tracking approach based on the low-cost Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor. MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 59. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.04.020
  5. Wang W, Ackland D, McClelland JA, Webster KE, Halgamuge S. Assessment of Gait Characteristics in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients Using a Hierarchical Partial Least Squares Method. IEEE JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATICS. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2689070
  6. Ackland D, Robinson D, Lee V, Dimitroulis G. Design and clinical outcome of a novel 3D-printed prosthetic joint replacement for the human temporomandibular joint. CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 56. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.05.006
  7. Fong J, Crocher V, Haddara R, Ackland D, Galea M, Tan Y, Oetomo D. Effect of Arm Deweighting Using End-Effector Based Robotic Devices on Muscle Activity. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018, Vol. 2018-July. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8512773
  8. Ackland D, Denton M, Schache A, Pandy M, Crossley KM. Hip abductor muscle volumes are smaller in individuals affected by patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. WB Saunders Co. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.013
  9. Hart H, Collins NJ, Ackland D, Crossley K. Is Self-Reported Knee Stability Associated With Symptoms, Function, and Quality of Life in People With Knee Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?. Clin J Sport Med. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2018. DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000674
  10. Wu W, Fong J, Crocher V, Lee V, Oetomo D, Tan Y, Ackland D. Modulation of shoulder muscle and joint function using a powered upper-limb exoskeleton. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 72. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.02.019
  11. Roehrle O, Saini H, Ackland D. Occlusal loading during biting from an experimental and simulation point of view. Annual Meeting of the Academy-of-Dental-Materials. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 34, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.dental.2017.09.005
  12. Zhang J, Ackland D, Fernandez J. Point-cloud registration using adaptive radial basis functions. COMPUTER METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. Gordon Breach Publishing. 2018, Vol. 21, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1484914
  13. Wang KK, Zhang X, McCombe D, Ackland D, Ek E, Tham SK. Quantitative analysis of in-vivo thumb carpometacarpal joint kinematics using four-dimensional computed tomography. JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-EUROPEAN VOLUME. WB Saunders Co. 2018, Vol. 43, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1177/1753193418789828
  14. Thomas R, Richardson M, Patel M, Page R, Sangeux M, Ackland D. Rotator cuff contact pressures at the tendon-implant interface after anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty using a metal-backed glenoid component. JOURNAL OF SHOULDER AND ELBOW SURGERY. Mosby. 2018, Vol. 27, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2018.04.017
  15. Mandaleson A, Tham SK, Lewis C, Ackland D, Ek ET. Scaphoid Fracture Fixation in a Nonunion Model: A Biomechanical Study Comparing 3 Types of Fixation. JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME. WB Saunders Co. 2018, Vol. 43, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.10.005

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