[Opensim-announcement] Visiting Scholars Selected, Webinar, ICRA Tutorial, Job Openings, and New Resources

Announcements of the availability of OpenSim updates and resources opensim-announcement at simtk.org
Wed May 6 10:53:34 PDT 2015

*Congratulations to the 2015 NCSRR Visiting Scholars*
The NCSRR will host its fourth group of Visiting Scholars this summer. We
selected four exceptional candidates from a large and highly competitive
pool of applicants based on their outstanding scientific potential, strong
computational skills, and past contributions in modeling and simulation. The
2015 Scholars include Frank (Clay) Anderson, Dimitra Blana, Thomas
Geijtenbeek, and Ricardo Matias. Read more about the scholars and their
projects here

*Webinar: An Individually Tuneable Model of Spasticity and Contracture in
Patients with Cerebral Palsy*
*Tuesday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time*
Marjolein van der Krogt from the VU University Medical Center and Lynn
Bar-On from KU Leuven will describe their OpenSim plug-in to model
spasticity, a method to model contracture, their validation against
instrumented spasticity assessments, and how to tune model parameters to
match individual patient data. Read more and register

*Tutorial at ICRA: Bridging Gaps Between Computational Biomechanics and
*Tuesday, May 26, in Seattle, WA*
OpenSim Fellow Emel Demircan is organizing a tutorial at the International
Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seattle, which will feature talks
from several OpenSim researchers from Stanford and beyond. Read more

*Job Opening in OpenSim Modeling at Keele University*
The Rehabilitation Engineering Group at Keele University (with Ed Chadwick)
is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop and validate a computer
model of the hand, using OpenSim, describing the dynamics of hand function
and sensory feedback mechanisms. The work forms part of the SenseBack
project <http://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/rehab/news/epsrc-prosthetics.php>, an
EPSRC-funded multicenter project to develop enabling technologies for the
provision of sensory feedback in upper limb prosthesis users. Read more and
apply <http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALA691/research-associate/>.

*Job Opening in Muscle Modeling and OpenSim*
The Neuromuscular Mechanics Laboratory at Simon Fraser University (with
James Wakeling) and the Concord Field Station at Harvard (with Andrew
Biewener and Allison Arnold) are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to work for
the final 3 years of a 4-year NIH funded project, starting July 1st, 2015.
The overarching goal of this work will be to develop and validate new
Hill-type muscle models to run within the OpenSim musculoskeletal
simulation environment. Read more and apply

*New Shared Models and Resources*
Several researchers in the OpenSim community have recently shared resources
through their Simtk projects:

   - Zach Lerner and colleagues have provided a model of a sheep hind limb
   <https://simtk.org/home/sheep_hind_limb> to accompany their recent
   - Massimo Sartori and colleagues posted two primate-specific
   upper-extremity models <https://simtk.org/home/mshk/> to accompany their
   recent publication.
   - B.J. Fregly and the Grand Challenge Team have posted the instrumented
   knee replacement data <https://simtk.org/home/kneeloads> for all walking
   trials included in their Sixth Grand Challenge dataset.

*Have you recently shared models, data, or tools on your Simtk project? Let
us know and we can feature your project in an upcoming newsletter. We also
encourage you to let the wider biomechanics community know about your new
projects and shared resources by posting to sites like Biomch-L

*Jennifer Hicks, Ph.D.*
Director of Data Science | Mobilize Center <http://mobilize.stanford.edu>
Associate Director | NCSRR
R&D Manager | OpenSim <http://opensim.stanford.edu/>
Stanford University
650-498-4403 | jenhicks at stanford.edu
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