EPSRC’s MultiSim Modelathon 2017

When: 11/09/2017 - 14/09/2017
Where: University of Sheffield - U.K.

The four-day EPSRC MultiSim Modelathon event brings together the very best of theory and practice in the area of multi-scale modelling. After two successful events, it was added an additional day that takes the format of a symposium on day-one. This is followed by a three-day modelling competition. The symposium can be attended as a standalone event or as a pre-session for our modelling competition.  

Symposium programme
The symposium on day-one explores how multidisciplinary groups (clinicians, engineers and modellers) can combine experimental and computational research methods in a cost and time effective way to reduce in vivo testing in a  pre-clinical setting. The computational methods discussed at our event may be applied to human trials as well.  To help us coordinate our group discussion, on registration, please let us know of any topics you would like covered.  Using mice as a working model we aim to start off dialogues and collaborations across disciplines through a roundtable discussion, expert keynotes, posters, and 3-minute researcher presentations.  

Modelling competition 
Our modelling competition on days 2-4 is supported by leading companies such as AnsysDassaultSystemes, Synopsys and Materialise, who will provide hands-on support by sending an expert for the duration of the event to ensure participants utilise their company’s software to its full potential in a competitive environment. 
The competition is based on the concept of a hackathon where different teams work on a challenging problem to ‘hack’ computer code. This event, however, uses ‘modelling’ and ‘simulation’ rather than ‘hacking’.

This is an ideal opportunity to: 

  • gain practical experience of working with professionals in a multi-scale research modelling team that is likely to include clinicians and modellers;
  • enhance your computer simulation skills by using technical software on challenges based on the subject of multi-scale biomechanics in front of industry and academic experts;
  • have access to state-of-the-art techniques and software (including Abaqus, Ansys, Simpleware, Mimics, Matlab and OpenSim) as your team works through this multi-scale challenge;
  • network and make friends in your research area;
  • win Amazon gift vouchers of £100 as a member of the winning team! 

This year the challenges will be based around producing a murine in silico model to look at the effects of loading and angiogenesis on the healing process in bones. The starting point for these challenges are CT and MRI images of a mouse. Participants will gain a deeper insight into building musculoskeletal models, finite element and cardiovascular models from personalised clinical data. 

Feedback from previous events
All respondents to our last event survey said they would recommend this event to their friends! 
Dr Peter Eltes, a member of the winning team in 2016 and a medical researcher at the National Centre for Spinal Disorders in Hungary, commented:

'I feel this event simulates a real world experience of finding a solution to a clinical problem where people from a diverse academic background would provide different perspectives. I feel this atmosphere played an enormous role in the creative part of the problem-solving process! The support provided by the MultiSim IT group and the software companies was very helpful.'

Event registration
Day 1 Free for all participants. This symposium can be attended as a standalone event. To help us coordinate our group discussion, on registration, please let us know of any topics you would like covered. 

Day 2-4 Modelathon competition. The fee for external participants is £108 and covers materials, refreshments, all meals and accommodation on 11,12,13 September and half day 14 September 17.

If you are attending the Modelathon competition on days 2-4 please tell us about yourself so we can ensure there is a good mix of skills in each team.  On registration you will be asked to provide information regarding:

  • your academic background and expertise (up to 300 words)
  • what you can bring to the Modelathon (up to 300 words)

Register from the online store by 20 August 2017 to book your place. 

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