Dr Szu-Ching Lu

Research Associate

Education

Personal statement

I am a Hawthorne Fellow in the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism, and my research projects aim to help with the early detection of autism by captureing their motor signatures using smart-tablet gameplay and wearable devices.

I did my undergraduate study in Occupatonal Therapy and then I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering (both degrees from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan). During my PhD study, I was awarded funding for one-year training at the Mayo Clinic (Minnesota, USA) where I advanced my research in the biomechanics of trigger finger. After receiving my PhD degree, I did postdoctoral research at the Cleveland Clinic (Ohio, USA) where I investigated the motor control of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome. I moved to UK in 2015 to work on an ERC-funded project at the University of Kent where I led biomechanical experiments to help understand human hand evolution. Then I joined the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism at the University of Strathclyde in 2018. 

I am interested in exploring human movement biomechanics to improve health and wellbeing, and to answer research questions in a broader context. My current focus is to combine my clinical and engineering training to understand the motor signatures in autism to help with the early detection and intervention.

Please find more details about my research projects at https://sites.google.com/view/szuchinglu

Publications

Swipe kinematic differences in young children with autism spectrum disorders are task- and age-dependent : a smart tablet game approach
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzystof, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Brain Disorders Vol 5 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dscb.2022.100032
Developmental differences in the prospective organisation of goal-directed movement between children with autism and typically developing children : a smart tablet serious game study
Chua Yu Wei, Lu Szu-Ching, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzystof, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Rowe Philip, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Developmental Science (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13195
A prospective perception-action strategy in children with autism during smart-tablet gameplay
Lu Szu-Ching, Lee David, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, pp. 1 (2021)
Swipe kinematics differ in different aged children with autism spectrum disorders during smart-tablet gameplay
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe P J, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research Virtual Annual Meeting (2020)
Support size and thumb position preferences in humans during suspension and vertical climbing : implications for hominin hand evolution
Lockwood Victoria A, Lu Szu-Ching, Winter Samantha, Kivell Tracy L
American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol 171, pp. 164-164 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24023
Metacarpophalangeal joint loads during bonobo locomotion : model predictions versus proxies
Synek Alexander, Lu Szu-Ching, Nauwelaerts Sandra, Pahr Dieter, Kivell Tracy
Journal of the Royal Society Interface Vol 17 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0032

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