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The 2017 Footwear Biomechanics Symposium will have three distinguished keynote speakers. These speakers will include:

Joseph Hamill

Joe HamillJoseph Hamill is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has authored or co-authored over 150 research papers, over 150 research proceedings, multiple book chapters and three books. 

He has also presented over 250 papers at both national and international conferences. Dr. Hamill has been an invited speaker at numerous universities around the world. He is a Fellow of the Biomechanics Academy Research Consortium, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, the National Academy of Kinesiology and is president-elect of the International Society of Biomechanics.  During his academic career, he has mentored more than 50 graduate students. Dr. Hamill’s research interests are focused on lower extremity biomechanics during normal and pathological locomotion.






Cameron Kippen

Cameron Kippen

Prior to retirement, Cameron was as an instructional designer and specialized in clinical education for medical specialties, principally podiatry, but others too. As part of the 90s red brick academic embourgeoisement, he specialised in developing diploma programs to degrees and became a consultant and change-manager working at several universities in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

As a working academic he picked up an eclectic mix of postgraduate qualifications from a conglomerate number of universities. In a 40-year career he moved from podiatry to health service management; lecturing biomechanics to studying medical education. He became an educational technologist engaged in assessment and web based delivery before finally reading a masters degree in forensic sexology. It could happen to anyone.

As a retiree, Cameron exists entirely in the ether of the internet as a foot and shoe blogger and freelance broadcaster. You can view his blog at





Martyn Shorten

Martyn ShortenMartyn Shorten is Managing Partner of BioMechanica, LLC, a private research and development company, whose clients include major sports shoe, sports surfacing and equipment brands, materials manufacturers, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Shorten received his Ph.D. degree from Loughborough (UK) in 1984. Before becoming a consultant in 1992, he was employed as Director of the NIKE Sport Research Laboratory and as Director of Research Design and Product Development for PUMA AG. Shorten has been an active member of the International Society of Biomechanics since 1983, and served on the Society’s Executive Council from 2001-2003. In 1993, he established a working group that became the ISB’s Footwear Biomechanics Group. Shorten is a Fellow of ASTM International and a recipient of that body’s Award of Merit. He is past chairman of ASTM’s International Committee on Sports Equipment and Facilities and currently chairs ASTM committees on ‘Athletic Footwear’ and ‘Tests Methods and Practices’. He also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians and as a Footwear Science editorial board member. Since 2008, BioMechanica has hosted the “Runner’s World Shoe Lab” and Shorten has acted as the magazine’s Technical Editor, providing product evaluations and other technical information in support of the magazine’s shoe guides. Shorten’s current research interests include theoretical and experimental explorations of load attenuation in sports shoes and protective equipment and questions related to the relationships among foot structure and mobility, shoe motion, and lower extremity kinematics in chronically injured runners

Keynote Speakers