About TGCS 2021

The 18th biennial symposium is 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.

Organized by the
Technical Group on
Computer Simulation
of the International Society of Biomechanics

The symposium aims to address several goals including:


Joining together ISB members and others particularly involved in computer simulation.

Information Exchange

Providing a forum for extensive exchange of information related to new computer simulation approaches in biomechanics (methods, software, hardware and applications), including special demonstration sessions during the symposium.


Formulating standardized terminology of computer simulation in biomechanics.

Major Sponsors Include

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Keynote Speakers

  • oliver

    Oliver Röhrle

    Director, Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems
    Professor for Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
    University of Stuttgart, DEU

    Oliver Röhrle is Professor for “Continuum Biomechanics and Mechanobiology” and the founding Director of the Institute for Modelling and Simulation of Biomechanical Systems at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a Fellow of the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Technology (SimTech) and a Senior Research Expert at Fraunhofer IPA. He received a M.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, USA (1999) and his Diplom in “Wirtschaftsmathematik” at the University of Ulm (2000). After his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA (2004), he spent 4 years as a research scientist at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the spokesperson for the Stuttgart-Auckland International Training Research Group on “Soft Tissue Robotics” and the newly established DFG-funded Priority Programme on “Robustly coupling continuum-biomechanical in silico models to obtain active biological system models for later use in clinical applications - Co-design of modelling, numerics and usability”. His research focuses on multiscale computational modelling of soft biological tissues, in particular on modelling the musculoskseletal system.

  • Katja Mombaur

    Canada Excellence Research Chair
    in Human-Centred Robotics & Machine Intelligence
    Systems Design Engineering & Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
    Cross-appointed in Applied Mathematics
    University of Waterloo, CAN

    Katja Mombaur is full professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Until early 2020 she was full professor at Heidelberg University, Germany, and head of the Optimization in Robotics & Biomechanics (ORB) group. She holds a diploma degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from Heidelberg University. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Robotics Lab at Seoul National University, South Korea. She also spent two years as a visiting researcher in the Robotics department of LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse. She has coordinated the European project KoroiBot, has been PI of several other European projects such as Spexor, MOBOT, Agilis and ECHORD, and still is PI in the ongoing European project Eurobench, and one of the directors of the HeiAge project in Heidelberg.

Join us at TGCS 2021 - the 18th biennial International Symposium on Computer Simulation in Biomechanics - sponsored by ISB and AnyBody Technology, and connect with a wide community of scholars.

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Organizing Committee

Allison Kinney, B.J. Fregly, Dario Cazzola, Michael Skipper Anderson, Ruoli Wang, and Jeff Reinbolt begin organizing the TGCS 2021 symposium.

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