News & Updates

  • Goodbye lunch with the Team! We've had an incredible semester together, filled with laughter and great activities. As Macy, Sam, and Trinity prepare for their finals, let's also look forward to a fantastic summer ahead! Enjoy your well-deserved break and make the most of this exciting season! Remember, the lab eagerly awaits your return in Fall 2023.

  • Our research team recently participated in The College of Engineering and Computing Open House event at the University of South Carolina. This event was designed to inspire and engage children and teenagers in engineering and computer science. During the event, our team presented a captivating demo that involved collecting floor vibrations from participants inside a classroom and using them to provide probabilistic estimations of gait parameters. This innovative research approach captivated the imagination of attendees of all ages and sparked much interest and excitement.

    As part of our participation, our team also had the opportunity to explain the goals and methods of our research to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. By sharing our insights and experiences with this diverse range of young people, we helped them understand how interesting and exciting our research topic is. Overall, the event was a great success for our research team and the wider community. Read more...

  • Caring for every step

    SDII Research team at the University of South Carolina is studying ways to track a person's gait using unobtrusive accelerometers hidden in the furniture of the Still Hopes retirement community in West Columbia. The technology, developed by civil and environmental engineering professor Juan Caicedo and his team, captures details about a person's gait from floor vibrations. Exercise science professor Stacy Fritz extrapolates the data to understand what variations in a person's walking speed and step length can reveal about health changes. The research is part of a collaboration between professors in the College of Engineering and Computing and the Arnold School of Public Health, using grants from the National Institute on Aging. 

  • Dr. Caicedo was selected as one of the Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation during the Spring 2022.  This award honors the University of South Carolina’s most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.  Dr. Caicedo adopts a student-centered approach to promote deep learning and stimulate growth in critical thinking skills.