Mar 23, 2015 - Mar 25, 2015

Advanced User Workshop at Stanford

An OpenSim Workshop will be held on the Stanford University campus for advanced users to work on their OpenSim projects. Travel awards will be granted to top workshop applicants.

UPDATE: We apologize for the delay in notifying applicants of their status. We will update all workshop applicants by February 5.


This workshop is intended for advanced OpenSim users and developers who want to work directly with the OpenSim staff on specific research projects.


The workshop time will be primarily spent working on participant projects. The first day will include introductions and brief lectures about using OpenSim for research and design. The second and third days will be devoted to working on problems that you and other participants bring to the workshop. For example, you might want to calculate muscle and joint forces during movement, generate simulations from motion capture data collected in your lab, add an orthosis to your gait model, write a new muscle model or controller, or analyze the results of your simulations. You will have the opportunity to work in small breakout groups with OpenSim experts on your research problems. The success of the workshop depends on you bringing specific data and projects that you will work on.

Logistical Information


Workshop applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications are due by January 15.

All interested participants must:
1) Apply online by completing a short application form.
2) Submit a two-page project proposal via email to


The project proposal should be two pages (11pt font, single spaced). It should provide a scientific description of the larger project you are performing with OpenSim. In addition, it should detail the specific task or set of tasks you plan to complete at the workshop. Proposals should be submitted via email to

Please use the following outline to organize your proposal:
1) Background: Briefly describe the relevant background to the proposed project, including any preliminary work.
2) Specific Aims: Review the rationale for your project, and state your hypotheses and specific aims.
3) Methods: Provide a brief overview of the overall project design and methods and your specific plans for the workshop. Describe what tasks will be accomplished prior to the workshop and what experimental data will be available. Then describe the specific tasks you plan to complete during the workshop. Be as specific is possible!
4) Expected Results and Impact: State the expected outcome of your work and its impact on the field.
5) Participant Background: Briefly describe your background and prior experience with OpenSim. Also describe any prior programming experience. Explain why are you interested in attending the workshop. If a group, provide this information for all group members.


We highly encourage collaborators to participate in the workshop together. If you are applying as part of a group, everyone should complete the registration form, but please submit only one research proposal.


We will award travel grants to the top workshop applicants, whether you are coming as an individual or group. Awards will be up to $1500 per person or $5000 per group to help cover the costs of attending the workshop. If you would like to apply for a travel award, please send a CV or resume to in addition to your research proposal. If you are applying as a group, you must submit a CV or resume for each group member.