Nicholas Bianco

Nicholas Bianco
Mentor: Dr. Benjamin Fregly
College of Engineering
"I got involved with research because I was looking challenging medium for me to test my engineering knowledge and reasoning skills. The great thing about research is that it presents problems that no one has attempted before; finding answers and deciding if they have meaning are completely up to you. As I mechanical engineering major, I found biomechanics to be exciting field in which I could expand my perspective the engineering profession and discover new ways to help improve people's lives."


Mechanical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Muscle Synergy Analysis
  • Musculoskeletal Modeling
  • Dynamics & Controls

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Pratt & Whitney Scholarship
  • Sylvia T. McKenney Scholarship
  • UF Anderson Scholar
  • Dean's List


  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Engineering Tutoring Corp.
  • Campus Crusade for Christ


  • Adopt-A-Street
  • Relay for Life
  • Creekside Church Worship Team

Hobbies and Interests

  • Collecting/Listening To/Performing Music
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Reading

Research Description

Predicting Unmeasured Muscle Excitations from Measured Synergy Excitations

The ability to estimate muscle forces accurately with musculoskeletal models could improve treatment design for movement-related disorders. Reduction of indeterminacy in muscle force estimations is possible using experimentally measured muscle synergies to limit muscle excitations. Optimization prediction of knee contact forces has recently been improved by replacing a high-dimensional set of 44 independent muscle excitations with a lower-dimensional set of 5 synergy excitations (Walter et al. 2014). This study aims to determine how well synergy excitations extracted from subsets of known excitations could be extrapolated to reconstruct the remaining unknown excitations.