Jun 26, 2013

OpenSIm Workshop at ICORR

Katherine Steele and Jeff Reinbolt will lead a hands-on workshop at the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics in Seattle, Washington.

Computer simulation has emerged as a powerful tool to understand the dynamics and function of human movement, evaluate new assistive technologies, and revolutionize medical decision making and design. Applied to rehabilitation research, simulation has the potential to help identify the underlying mechanisms of movement disorders, optimize new rehabilitation strategies, evaluate human-robot interactions, and provide quantitative measures of the rehabilitation and recovery process. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to computer simulation that is accessible to engineers, scientists, and clinicians of all backgrounds. The NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) was created to equip the rehabilitation research community with state-of-the-art simulation tools that enable investigators to complement experimental studies of human performance with advanced simulation software and biomechanical models.

OpenSim is a freely available, open source software platform that serves as the central development framework for the NCSRR. Participants in this workshop will learn about the capabilities and limitations of computer simulation and receive hands-on instruction on how to run simulations and evaluate assistive or other rehabilitation devices using OpenSim. As an example, participants will use OpenSim to evaluate the design of an ankle-foot-orthosis to prevent ankle inversion injuries during a drop landing. This example will provide participants with an understanding of the OpenSim framework, an overview of the tools and analyses available in OpenSim, and how assistive devices can be integrated with musculoskeletal simulation.

If possible, participants should bring a Windows laptop with OpenSim version 3.0.1 or later installed or be prepared to team up with other participants for the hands-on activities.

Learn more about ICORR and register on the conference website.