Mar 24, 2020 - Mar 26, 2020

OpenSim Advanced User Workshop

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.


This workshop is intended for advanced OpenSim users and developers who want to work with the OpenSim staff on specific research projects. We welcome researchers who are using OpenSim for any type of research application, and we are particularly excited to support teams who are working with wearable sensor data or using the OpenSim Moco software package. We also encourage participants to apply and participate in teams.


The workshop time will be primarily spent working on participant projects. Workshop participants will work with the workshop staff and fellow workshop participants to address, define, and overcome technical challenges and advance their research. The first day will include introductions and brief lectures about using OpenSim for research. The second and third days will be devoted to working on problems that you bring to the workshop. For example, you might want to calculate muscle and joint forces during movement, generate simulations from motion capture data collected with wearable sensors, add an orthosis to your gait model, or create a new simulation pipeline with OpenSim Moco. 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 well-defined scientific questions, data, and projects that you will work on.


Travel information is available on our workshop logistics page. We will add additional details in the coming weeks.


You must complete both steps:
1) Complete the a short application form. Each member of a group should complete this form.
2) Submit a project proposal via email to, following the guidelines below.

Workshop applications are due by Tuesday, January 14, at 5pm local time.


Submission Deadline: Tuesday, January 14
Decisions Announced: Friday, February 7
Workshop Begins: Tuesday, March 24


We encourage collaborators to participate in the workshop together. If you are applying as part of a group (i) submit one research proposal for the group and include brief background descriptions for each participant, and (ii) complete the application form for each group member who intends to participate. Use a consistent group and project name to identify your group.


The project proposal should be no more than two pages (11pt font, single spaced). It should contain the following sections:

1) Research Motivation and Goals: Provide a scientific description of the larger project you are performing with OpenSim. Briefly describe the relevant background to the proposed project, including any preliminary work. Review the rationale for your project, and state your hypotheses and/or specific aims.

2) Workshop Plan: 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, including any current or expected challenges and bottlenecks. Be as specific is possible!

3) Expected Results and Impact: State the expected outcome of your work and its impact on the field.

4) Participant Background: Briefly describe your background and prior experience with OpenSim. Explain why you are interested in attending the workshop. If a group, provide this information for all group members (groups may use an additional half page for this information).


Competitive travel grants will be awarded to outstanding workshop applicants and groups. Awards will be up to $1000 for an individual or $3000 for a group to help cover the costs of attending the workshop. If you would like to apply for a travel award, please indicate your intent to be considered when you fill out the short application form and include a CV or resume with your research proposal. If you are applying as a group, you must submit a CV or resume for each group member.