The XVI International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics will be held July 20th-22nd 2017, the weekend leading up to ISB 2017, in the Gold Coast, Australia.

On July 20th 2017 there will be a hands-on, 3 hour workshop on MATLAB Scripting in OpenSim 4.0. For more information please see the summary and wiki page link below.
Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus. More information will follow soon.

TGCS Goals
  • Joining together ISB members particularly involved in computer simulation.
  • Providing a forum for extensive exchange of information related to new computer simulation approaches in biomechanics (methods, software, hardware and applications).
  • Formulating standardized terminology of computer simulation in biomechanics.

The symposium will be a scientific and technical meeting for investigators and students in all areas of computer simulation in biomechanics, especially human movement, motor control, and robotics related to biomechanics.

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Organising Committee:
Paul Felton, Loughborough University, UK
Stuart McErlain-Naylor, Loughborough University, UK
Mark King, Loughborough University, UK
Wendy Gilleard, Southern Cross University, Australia

Program Committee:
Tom Franz, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Marko Ackermann, Centro Universitário da FEI, Brazil
Ilse Jonkers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Allison (Hall) Kinney, University of Florida, USA
John Rasmussen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Jeff Reinbolt, University of Tennessee, USA

Keynote Speakers
Associate Prof. Thor Besier
Auckland Bioengineering Institute
University of Auckland
New Zealand

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Prof. Federico Casolo
Department of Mechanical
Milan Polytechnic

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Thor is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and has a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland. He completed his PhD in musculoskeletal biomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 2000 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University from 2003 to 2006. Thor established Stanford's Human Performance Laboratory as the Director of Research and was a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics at Stanford from 2006 to 2010, before returning home to New Zealand in 2011.

Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease. In particular, he is interested in the mechanical aetiology of patellofemoral pain and osteoarthritis and novel technologies to diagnose and treat these disorders. He has published more than 80 scientific articles on these topics and currently receives funding from the NZ Marsden Fund, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council.
Federico has been a mechanical engineer at Milan Polytechnic since 1983, first as a researcher, then as a professor in the field of Applied Mechanics. His research areas of interest incorporate biomechanics and mechatronics: the main applications are artificial limbs for amputees; systems for the rehabilitation of disabled people; and equipment for sport. He has also dealt with mechanical systems for household appliances and for the handling of aggregates. Federico had the opportunity to further his studies in the field of biomechanics as a visiting scientist (following a CNR-NATO competition) at the Biomechanics Laboratory of Pennsylvania State University, which he attended for one year (under the guidance of prof. P. Cavannagh). From 2000 to 2004 he was president of the ISB Technical Group on Computer Simulation.

Currently with the Department of Mechanical, Mechatronics section and it is part of the Faculty of Engineering. As for the other institutional charges covered by its release into the role: for two terms, and 'was elected a member of the Milan Polytechnic's Board of Directors and a member of the enlarged mandate of the Academic Senate.
OpenSim Workshop
More and more OpenSim users are using the MATLAB scripting interface for research. In this workshop, the OpenSim team will use a hands-on example to introduce the new features of OpenSim 4.0 that make scripting in MATLAB more powerful and user-friendly. The new OpenSim API (Application Programming Interface) in version 4.0 has been improved to simplify building model components, running simulations, performing analyses, and working with data files.

A hands-on example will teach participants how to build models and run simulations through the MATLAB scripting interface, by working with a simple computational model of a person jumping. The workshop will feature a friendly competition between participants to optimize the jumper's performance in a simulation.

The workshop will last three-hours and is designed for those who are familiar with both OpenSim and MATLAB. Participants who have not used OpenSim, but have a strong background with computational modeling and simulation of the musculoskeletal system, are also welcome to participate. More information about the workshop, including how to prepare, will be available on the workshop wiki page.
Important Dates
Abstract Submission:   March 31st 2017
Notice of Acceptance: April 7th 2017
Early Registration Due: April 26th 2017
Symposium Dates: July 20th-22nd 2017

Contact Information
Dr. Paul Felton
School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

Phone +44 (0)1509 226252
Fax +44 (0)1509 226301

Mr Stuart McErlain-Naylor
School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

Phone +44 (0)1509 226252
Fax +44 (0)1509 226301