Stephen Robinovitch

Professor, School of Engineering Science
Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
M.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1990
B.App.Sc.,University of British Columbia, 1988

Research interests

  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Injury Prevention
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Balance and postural stability
  • Neurophysiology

Teaching interests

  • Rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices
  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Neuromechanics
  • Injury Prevention


Burnaby Campus, K9642
Personal webpage:

Recently taught courses

  • KIN 402 Mechanical Behavior of Tissues
  • ENSC 472 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Devices
  • KIN 806 Neuromechanics
  • KIN 840 Human Biomechanics

Selected recent publications

  • 1. Van Toen, C., Sran, M.M., Robinovitch, S.N., and Cripton, PA.: Transmission of force in the lumbosacral spine during backward falls. Accepted, Spine, 2011.
  • 2. Laing, A.C., Feldman, F., Jalili, M., Tsai, C.M., and Robinovitch, S.N.: The effects of pad geometry and material properties on the biomechanical effectiveness of 26 commercially available hip protectors. Journal of Biomechanics, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.08.016
  • 3. Aziz, O., and Robinovitch, S.N.: An analysis of the accuracy of wearable sensors for detecting falls caused by slips and trips. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2011Aug22. [Epub ahead of print]
  • 4. Choi, W. J., and Robinovitch, S.N.: Pressure distribution over the palm region during forward falls on the outstretched hands. Journal of Biomechanics, 44: 532-9, 2011.
  • 5. Sran, M., Stotz, P., Normandin, S., and Robinovitch, S.N.: Age differences in energy absorption in the upper extremity during a descent movement: implications for arresting a fall. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 65: 312-7, 2010.