Aug 22, 2012 - Aug 24, 2012

OpenSim Advanced User Workshop

An OpenSim Workshop will be held August 22-24, 2012 on the Stanford University campus for advanced users and software developers.


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


The first day of the workshop will include lectures, demos, and hands-on exercises about using OpenSim for research. 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


All interested participants must apply online by completing the short application below. Participants must also submit a 1-2 page project proposal via email to Applications are due on June 1.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants. The workshop is free but you must apply by completing the form below. We will inform participants of acceptance by early July.


The project proposal should be 1-2 pages. It should provide a scientific description of the larger research 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 research, including any preliminary work.
2) Specific Aims: Review the rationale for your larger research study, and state your hypotheses and specific aims.
3) Methods: Provide a brief overview of the overall research study design and methods. Workshop Plan: 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.
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 (below), but please submit only one research proposal.


We will award travel grants to the top workshop applicants. Awards will be up to $500 per person 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. You are eligible to apply for a travel award if you are a member of a group. Membership in a group will not affect the selection process.


The deadline for applications was June 1.

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