2nd OpenSim Europe Workshop

When: 03/02/2016 - 05/04/2016
Where: Bologna - Italy

The 2nd OpenSim Europe workshop will be held at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy, for beginner and intermediate users to advance their OpenSim projects. The workshop will be free of charge, but seats will be limited to approximately 25 participants. Travel awards of up to 500 Euros will be granted to the top three workshop applicants.


The workshop aims to provide basic knowledge of movement biomechanics and an overview of the comprehensive set of OpenSim GUI and scripting tools. Participants will learn to realize typical modeling workflows and perform advanced musculoskeletal simulations of movement.


The event is intended for beginner and intermediate users who are familiar with the available OpenSim tutorials, but want to gain deeper insights into the main software tools and apply them directly to their own data and projects, with on-site support from experienced researchers.


The 3-day workshop will feature short lectures and large time slots to be spent working on participants' projects. The short lectures will cover the use of the main OpenSim tools and the related theoretical background to perform data processing and simulations of movement, including musculoskeletal model editing, data import, inverse and forward dynamics workflows, and simulation analyses. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small breakout groups with OpenSim experts on their research problems, and will briefly present their results at the end of the event.


Friedl De Groote (KU Leuven), Ilse Jonkers (KU Leuven), Luca Modenese (University of Sheffield), Massimo Sartori (University Medical Center Goettingen), Giordano Valente (Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute), Mariska Wesseling (KU Leuven)

Workshop location and dates

The workshop will be held at the Research Center of the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, via di Barbiano 1/10, 40136 Bologna (Italy), from the 3rd to the 5th of February 2016.

How to apply

Workshop applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications are due by December 10, 2015. Please refer to the Workshop Information Page.

All applicants are required to: 

  • Fill in an application form (up to 2 pages), including participant's information, goals to be accomplished, and data they plan to bring. Requirements: Times New Roman, 11pt font; Max of 2 pages
  • Email the application document to Dr. Giordano Valente at valente@tecno.ior.it with the subject "Application for the OpenSim Europe Workshop" 

Participation from as many institutions as possible will be guaranteed. Notification of acceptance and additional workshop information will be provided personally by email.

How to Apply for Travel Awards

Travel grants of up to 500 Euros will be awarded to the top three workshop applicants. If you would like to apply for a travel award, please send a Curriculum Vitae in addition to the Application Form.

More information can be found here.

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