Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Dong-Chul Kim

Second Advisor

Erik Enriquez

Third Advisor

Emmett Tomai


Humans possess an extraordinary ability to execute complex movements, captivating the attention of researchers who strive to develop methods for simulating these actions within a physics-based environment. Motion Capture data stands out as a crucial tool among the proven approaches to tackle this challenge. In this research, we explore the effects of decreased muscle force on the body's capacity to perform various tasks, ranging from simple walking to executing complex jumping jacks. Through a systematic reduction of the allowed force applied to individual muscles or muscle groups, we aim to identify the threshold at which the body's muscles tolerate the deficiency before the motion becomes unattainable. Additionally, we seek to analyze how the model adapts its muscle activation levels, in scenarios where the motion is still achievable despite the applied deficiencies.


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