The University of Arizona
Bijan Najafi, PhD, M.Sc. Print E-mail

interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP)


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Dr. Bijan Najafi is currently serving as Associate Professor of Surgery and Engineering and the Director of interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP). This position came after a graduate study leading to Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering followed by two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Applied Biomechanics and Neuroscience respectively at the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech (EPFL, Switzerland) and the Harvard University as well as teaching and conducting research at various institutes. He has over a decade experience in designing bio-inspired sensors for objective evaluation of healthy state of patients with locomotor dysfunction, over 60 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals with more than 1700 citations, 7 patents or pending patents, and PI or key investigator on over 10 active grants including industrial, national and international grants.


His team shares a common vision to advance objective, innovative and practical interventions coupled with outcomes evaluation using human motion assessment in many unique areas of clinical medicine. His research involves bio-instrumentation based on advanced wired or wireless capabilities for characterizing human motion performance in activities of daily living especially in patient’s natural environment where they are most comfortable and active. Using body worn sensors (or wearable sensor technologies) along with ancillary technologies such as virtual reality, thermal imaging, and artificial intelligence, his team employs smart signal processing to identify physical activity patterns, spatio-temporal parameters of gait, balance, and three dimensional joint kinematics and kinetics.  His team has developed and validated several novel metrics to define disease state, assess motor learning and determine biomechanical variabilities by extracting most relevant information from human motion.


His goal is to enhance patient care as well as function, mobility and quality of life through increased emphasis on screening, diagnosis and prevention using simple and robust tools for human motion assessment. In addition to his local research initiatives, he partners with a host of businesses, analysts, and research teams worldwide to foster advances in the field of motion performance.