Todd Pataky


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Biongineering at Shinshu University (Ueda, Nagano, Japan) and Director of the Applied Biomechanics Laboratory. I received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University (USA) in 2004. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada.

Research theme

My research focuses on the analysis and simulation of random processes in biomechanical systems. I am especially interested in simulations and analyses of spatiotemporally complex biomechanical continua. Together with a students and collaborators I am investigating in a variety of human movement applications including: gait analysis, sports performance assessment, and probabilistic finite element simulations.


I am the main developer and maintainer of two open-source software packages:

  • spm1d: One-Dimensional Statistical Parametric Mapping
  • rft1d: One-Dimensional Random Field Theory (coming soon)

I use the following open-source software:

Curriculum Vitae