D. Gordon E. Robertson
D. Gordon E. Robertson
Emeritus Professor

1980, Ph.D., Systems Design, Engineering, Univsersity of Waterloo
1977, M.Sc., Kinesiology, Univsersity of Waterloo
1974, B.Sc., Kinesiology (Honours), Univsersity of Waterloo


Executive member and webpage editor for Canadian Society for Biomechanics, member of the International Society of Biomechanics. Author of introductory textbook on biomechanics. Author of Biomech Motion Analysis System which is used to analyze human motion and biomedical signals. Researches mechanics of human gait (walking to sprinting), lifting, load carriage and athletic performances.

Research interests

  • Sport biomechanics
  • Human locomotion
  • Ergonomics
  • Energetics of human motion


  • Robertson, D.G.E (2004) Introduction to Biomechanics for Human Motion Analysis. Waterloo: Waterloo Biomechanics. Second edition. pp 268.
  • Lamontagne, M.; Robertson, D.G.E. and Sveistrup, H. (2004) Proceedings of the XXII International Symposium on Biomechanics in Sports, Ottawa: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, pp 350.
  • Robertson, D.G.E.; Caldwell, G.E.; Hamill, J.; Kamen, G. and Whittlesey, S.N. (2004) Research Methods for Biomechanics. Champaign: Human Kinetics Publishers, pp 320.
  • Beaulieu, F.G.; Pelland, L. and Robertson, D.G.E. (2007) Kinetic analysis of forwards and backwards stair descent. Gait & Posture, In press.
  • Purkiss, S.B.A. and Robertson, D.G.E. (2003) Methods for calculating internal mechanical work: Comparison using elite runners, Gait and Posture, 18(3):143-149.
  • Robertson, D.G.E. and Dowling J.J. (2003) Design and responses of Butterworth and critically damped digital filters. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 13(6):569-573.
    Cluff, T.; D.G.E. Robertson and R. Balasubramaniam. Kinetics of the lower extremity during the skill of hula hooping: An exploratory analysis. Human Movement Science. (Accepted)
  • Potoczny, S.; Robertson, D.G.E. and Sveistrup, H. Toddler gait: Lower extremity net moments and powers. Gait & Posture. (Accepted)

Research projects

  • Biomechanics of stair descent with a front load.
  • Kinetic analysis of gait initiation.
  • Angular impulse and momentum of the pirouette.
  • Work and power analysis of the roundhouse kick.