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\[ w^{ski}= 2 \int_{0}^{PT} \! f^{pole}_{x} \, v^{pole~tip}_{x} \, {\rm d}t \]

I was on Vetenskapens värld (Swedish science show) some time ago (Monday, February 18, 2013) discussing why Northug should win the 50k race in the cross-country skiing championships. I would like to point out that I picked Johan Olsson as a possible winner if the race would go fast. However, this comment did apperently not survive the editing process. My segment starts about 24 minutes into the show. You can also see my segment in a seperate clip below (or here). A popular description of the efficiency computations can be found here (in Swedish); the scientific paper can be found here.


My name is Joakim Holmberg and I share my time between research and lecturing. I have teaching duties in various mechanics classes at the Division of Mechanics. Curriculum Vitae.

Research interests

My main fields are computational and musculoskeletal biomechanics in sports, especially cross-country skiing. Therefore, I frequently visit the Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre at Mid Sweden University in Östersund, Sweden.

I also take an interest in method develpment of musculoskeletal biomechanics. This work is mainly carried out together with colleagues at the mechanics division in Linköping. I also got a chance to work on method development during a stay at IFSTTAR (formerly INRETS), Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l'aménagement et des réseaux, Laboratoire de Biomécanique et Mécanique des Chocs (unité mixte avec l'université de Lyon), Bron, France.

Courses I teach in

  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics & Particle Dynamics (TMME27), HT1, for I
  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics & Particle Dynamics (TMME62), HT1, for EMM
  • Engineering Mechanics, advanced course (TMMI39), HT2, for MI
  • Engineering Mechanics (TMMI03), VT1-2, for MI
  • Joakim Holmberg, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Joakim Holmberg

    Postal Address
    Division of Mechanics
    Department of Management and Engineering
    The Institute of Technology
    Linköping University
    SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden

    Visiting Address
    Building A 3A:945
    Campus Valla, Linköping, Sweden

    Phone: +46 13 282338

    Email: joakim.holmberg@liu.se

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    Last updated: 2014-08-29