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Special Sessions and Workshops Accepted

SS1 Chair: Steve Maas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and David Rawlins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: FEBio Workshop #1 - Tetrahedral Elements and Contact

This workshop will focus on new features in FEBio related to contact and analysis with tetrahedral elements.  Users will learn how to enable these features in PreView, how to perform and analysis in FEBio, and how to postprocess results in PostView.

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SS2 Chairs: Joao Tavares (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Marc Thiriet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Computational methods for bio-imaging and visualization

The main goal of this special session is to bring together researchers involved in the related fields (not limited to): image acquisition, image segmentation, matching and registration, shape reconstruction, motion and deformation analysis, medical imaging, scientific visualization, software development. As such, the session will consist of researchers representing fields related to biomechanics, computational vision, computer graphics, computational mechanics, scientific visualization, mathematics, statistics, medical imaging, etc., in order to set the major lines of development for the near future on bio-imaging and visualization.

 

SS3 Chair: Kerim Genc (Simpleware) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Image-based simulation for biomechanics applications

This special session will look at issues surrounding 3D reconstruction from radiology images, and in using 3D image data to generate Rapid Prototyping, CAD, and Finite Element models. Papers are invited in which image-based techniques have been used for the generation of analysis models for any biomechanical applications. A frank discussion of both the opportunities and the challenges faced when modeling biomechanical systems using image data will be encouraged.

 

SS4 Chairs: John Middleton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Christoph Bourauel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Dental Biomechanics

Submissions are in invited in dental biomechanics including simulation of craniofacial reconstruction and surgical technics, orthodontics and dynamic prediction of tooth movement, facial imaging techniques and growth strategies, implants, wear prediction and fracture. Joint research combining the developing of new software simulation techniques together with its use in clinical practice is encouraged as are input from commercial and medical device companies working within this area.

 

SS5 Chairs: Georges Limbert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Cees Oomens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title :  Computational Skin Mechanobiology

This special session will bring together researchers in industry, government labs and academia to present the latest developments in mathematical/computational and experimental characterisation of skin, to identify current/future challenges and opportunities.  The session will foster cross-discipline networking and collaboration opportunities that could be supported by international research programmes such as EU FP Horizon 2020, joint NSF-EPSRC calls or Royal Society International Exchange Programmes.  Submissions are invited in constitutive modelling of skin and skin layers, multiscale modelling techniques (atomistic and molecular dynamics, micromechanical continuum approaches), mechanobiology (morphogenesis, growth, remodelling, healing, aging), tribology, multi-physics finite element techniques for failure and damage, simulation of (micro)needle puncture of skin, experimental and imaging techniques for characterisation of skin, etc.

 

SS6 Chairs:  Paulo Fernandes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Scott Hollister (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Computational Design of Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that combines efforts from biology, engineering and material science methods towards the development of biological substitutes to restore, maintain, or improve tissue functions. Computational methods for tissue engineering have been developed to study diverse tissue engineering issues. For this special session, submissions are invited on computer models to analyze and design scaffolds, to assist in the fabrication of new scaffolds and tissues, to understand the inter-relationships between scaffolds and cell attachment, proliferation and differentiation and to describe the tissue regeneration process and vascularization.

 

SS7 Chairs: Jennifer Hicks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ajay Seth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: OpenSim Workshop: Performing Dynamic Simulations with OpenSim

Musculoskeletal modeling and dynamic simulation have emerged as powerful tools to uncover the biomechanical causes of movement abnormalities and to design improved treatments.  This workshop will provide an overview of the latest developments in OpenSim, an open source biomechanics simulation package used by thousands of researchers around the world to understand human movement and advance rehabilitation science.

 

SS8 Chairs: Scott Delp (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ajay Seth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Title:  Dynamic Musculoskeletal Simulations

This session will focus on muscle driven simulations of movement including technical developments, scientific applications, and clinical deployment.

 

SS9 Chair: Kevin Moerman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Martyn Nash (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Constitutive Modelling: from Experimental Validation to Clinical Application

This session will bring together A) the pure continuum mechanical challenges and developments of constitutive and numerical modelling, B) the important step of experimental validation and finally C) the efforts towards their medical and clinical application. This special session will treat all aspects of the above, including: constitutive modelling, anisotropic behaviour analysis (e.g. muscle and tendon tissue), modelling of tension compression non-linearity, experimental validation e.g. non-invasive deformation measurement and inverse methods and medical applications such as tissue injury analysis (e.g. pressure ulcer research, impact biomechanics) and rehabilitation engineering (tissue prosthesis interactions).

 

SS10 Chair: Andrew Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Wendy Murray (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Musculoskeletal Modeling

We invite scientists and clinicians to submit their results from musculoskeletal (MS) models. Simulations related to: 1) the study of normal and pathologic gait, 2) quantification of loading conditions for computational models, and 3) other topics pertinent to the quantification of muscle forces and activations in both humans and animals will be considered. Submitted research should include a discussion of the clinical/basic-science impact of the work as well as an evaluation of model results relative to experimental data.

 

SS11 Chairs:  Don Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Andrew Anderson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Subject- and Patient-Specific Articular Joint Modeling

Computational models incorporating averaged or representative anatomy, material properties, and boundary conditions can be useful for providing general understanding, but often fail to adequately describe behaviors exhibited by the human body. Advances in imaging technology, computational mechanics techniques and constitutive modeling have enabled subject- and patient-specific biomechanics simulations of articular joints. This session will showcase studies that have developed models of individual patients or research subjects to provide greater understanding in fields such as orthopaedics, sports performance, and rehabilitation. Models of animals, live humans, or cadaver tissue will be considered, as long as one level of the modeling process represents data obtained on an individualized basis. Presenters are encouraged to present information on model validation.

 

SS12 Chairs:  Silvia Salinas Blemker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Nic Fiorentino (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Computational modeling of skeletal muscle across scales

The last several decades have brought significant advances in computational modeling of skeletal muscle. Several groups have developed techniques for simulating the complex mechanical and physiological processes of muscle at scales ranging from molecular motors to whole body function. These models have provided many insights into the muscle function, mechanics, injury, surgeries, and disease.  The goal of this session will be to bring together muscle modelers – who predict muscle behavior at a range of length scales – to discuss the applications, approaches, experimental validation, challenges, and future opportunities for skeletal muscle models.

 

SS13 Chair:  Ahmet Erdemir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Trent Guess (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Multiscale Biomechanics: Bridging from the Body/Organ level to the Tissue/Cell/Microstructural level

The mechanics of the human body is a function of complicated load sharing between organs and joints of the body, between individual tissue structures within the body segments, and between cells and microstructure within the tissue. Various approaches in computational biomechanics aim at the quantification of this multi-scale mechanical environment with the goal to understand the structure and function relationships in health and disease. This session focuses on studies that establish the handshake between macro-scale mechanics of the body and the micro-scale mechanics of the tissue. We invite scientists and clinicians to submit their research on establishing the links between biomechanical markers at the higher spatial scales (which can be acquired in the field), with mechanical variables of lower spatial scales (which may be influential for mechanobiological response and damage mechanisms).

 

SS14 Chairs: Joseph J "Trey" Crisco (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Richard M. Greenwald (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Modeling Brain Injuries in Sports

Concussion injuries and long term cognitive deficits from repeated head impacts are a major health care concern. A full understanding of the mechanism of injury is lacking, challenging the development of treatment options and approaches to prevention. Successful modeling of these injuries may shed new light on the mechanism of injury. This symposium will focus on the input variables, material properties, injury criteria, algorithms and validation required to determine the applicability of computational modeling in sports-related brain injury research.

 

SS15 Chair: Gerard Ateshian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: FEBio Workshop #2 - Multiphasic Materials

This workshop will discuss recent developments for multiphasic materials in FEBio. Multiphasic materials may be used to model the transport of a solvent and any number of neutral or charged solutes. Triphasic materials are a special case of multiphasic materials consistent of a solvent and a pair of monovalent salt counter-ions (two solutes with charge numbers +1 and -1) in a charged porous solid matrix. Problems will be analyzed from their configuration and specification of boundary conditions in PreView, to analysis in FEBio, and finally to postcprocessing in PostView. The workshop will also discuss the use of the poroelastic contact algorithms in FEBio.

 

SS16 Chairs: Gerard Ateshian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ellen Kuhl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Growth, Remodeling and Adaptation of Biological Tissue

The simulation of growth, remodeling and adaptation processes are of fundamental interest in many aspects of biology and medicine to understand normal growth processes, mechanobiological regulation and alterations due to pathology. This Special Session will bring together investigators involved in the development and application of computational models of growth and adaptation.

 

SS17 Chair: Lisa McFadden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Nathan Bunderson
Title: Integrative Systems Modeling of Physical Performance

Sponsored by L-3 Communications, Applied Technologies, Simulation Engineering and Testing Group This special session will bring together researchers in industry, government, and academia to present research on computational modeling of physical performance. The session will provide ongoing and new perspectives on modeling efforts that describe how fatigue (both central and peripheral fatigue), physiology (including but not limited to energetics/metabolism and thermoregulation), biomechanics, models of functional adaptation to the musculoskeletal system over longer timescales and musculoskeletal injuries can impact the ability to conduct tasks or exercises with applications to athletic performance, military operations, and daily activities or jobs involving repetitive lifting or other motions. This session will be of interest to researchers that are working on integrative models as well as independent components required for prediction of physical performance.

 

SS18 Chairs: António Veloso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ajay Seth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Biomechanical Modelling to Understand and Optimize Sports Performance and Injury Prevention

Biomechanical modeling can provide important information for sport performance evaluation, optimization of sports techniques, and sports injuries. This session will address important topics in sports biomechanics including: (1) anatomical, morphological and functional characteristic of athletes, (2) scaling of musculoskeletal models to represent athletes, (3) integration of models and experimental analysis of sports performance, (4) modeling and simulation of sports performance and injuries, (5)novel analysis of musculoskeletal simulations to gain insight into sports performance and other topics.

 

SS19 Chair: Sakya Tripathy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Abaqus Workshop: Introduction to Scripting in Abaqus

The goal of this advanced seminar is to introduce you to the Abaqus Scripting Interface. The Abaqus scripting interface allows you to customize Abaqus to suit your specific requirements. The Abaqus scripting interface can be used to create macros and scripts to automate repetitive pre- and post-processing tasks, read from and write to an output database file (ODB), create plug-ins etc. Abaqus makes extensive use of Python, a powerful, widely used scripting language. In this seminar we will also go over the ‘Abaqus Knee Simulator’ which is an application written using the Abaqus scripting interface. We will also see how Abaqus scripts works in conjunction with Isight to perform design optimization or DOE studies.

 

SS20 Chairs: Kerim Genc (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Philippe Young (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Title: Simpleware Workshop: Converting 3D Images into Models for Visualization, Measurement and Computational Simulation

This seminar is aimed at those interested in 3D reconstruction from image data (as obtained from CT, MRI, Ultrasound, microCT, confocal microscopy etc.) to generate models for Rapid Prototyping, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Electromagnetic (EM) and Finite Element (FE) Analysis.  Due to the increased accessibility of high fidelity 3D imaging as well as advances in desktop computing, there is a wide spectrum of application areas for this functionality.  These areas include Orthopedic Biomechanics, Medical Devices, Materials, Non-Destructive Evaluation and Reverse Engineering to name a few.  We will discuss the use of Simpleware in generating high fidelity meshes from 3D image data by importing it, segmenting the geometry of interest, positioning CAD surface geometries within the image space, creating high fidelity surface and volume meshes and finally, integrating with Abaqus, Ansys, Comsol, FEBio, LS-Dyna, or other solvers.   We will also discuss new features of the next version, several case studies demonstrating applications within academia, government and industry and then provide a demo of the functionality of the Simpleware software environment in an example workflow into FEBio.

 

SS21 Chair: Danielle Beski, Application Engineer, Materialise (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Title: Materialise Workshop: Mimics & Abaqus Workshop: From Medical Scan Data to FEA and Beyond

Join the Materialise & Abaqus Workshop and learn how to go from CT/MRI scan data to FE analysis and beyond.  During this workshop, Materialise will take you step by step from segmenting and converting medical data through preparing a high quality mesh for realistic computational modeling simulations with the Mimics Innovation Suite.  We’ll show you how you can refine and smooth your meshes and even control global or local mesh sizes and quality.  Once the mesh is prepared, Abaqus will continue the workshop by running realistic simulations with the data. Abaqus’s simulation capabilities include things like implanted devices (stents, artificial heart valves, dental implants), orthopedics (artificial knees, hips), brain injury due to head impact damage, mechanics of feet, and portable devices for blood monitoring, etc. Don’t miss this chance to better understand this important workflow.

 

SS22 Chairs:  Chris Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Ross Whitaker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Rob Macleod (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Title:  The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah:  Overview, Image-based Modeling, Simulation and SCIRun

The objective of this Special Session is to provide an overview of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute (www.sci.utah.edu) and to highlight some the research and software developed at SCI that is most relevant to the CMBBE audience.  Chris Johnson (SCI Director, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science), will provide an Overview of the SCI Institute, the NIH Center for Integrated Biomedical Computing, and Visualization Research. Next, Ross Whitaker (Professor of Computer Science) will discuss research related to Image-based Modeling, including segmentation and mesh generation. Finally, Rob Macleod (SCI Associate Director, Professor of Bioengineering), will discuss biomedical simulation research and the SCIRun software suite.

 

SS23 Chair: Marc Horner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Title:  Ansys Workshop: Engineering Simulation for Clinical Applications

The health care community is continually looking new ways to increase the quality of care without increasing the total cost to the health care system. Computational modeling has been identified as one way to address these competing requirements. But best practices must be established and validation addressed before computational tools can be deployed to a clinical (non-engineering) setting. ANSYS is currently involved in a number of collaborations in this area. The two themes of these collaborations are (1) predicting the suitability of an intervention for a specific patient and (2) extracting diagnostic information from medical images. This talk will summarize our progress on three such projects: predicting the risk of long bone fracture, surgical planning of abdominal aortic aneurysm stent delivery and placement, and predicting the rupture risk of cerebral aneurysms. Our progress on the use of computational modeling to accomplish each of these goals will be reviewed. The workshop will also include a discussion on the current regulatory opinion on computational modeling for medical device development and review.