[robotics-worldwide] CfP: Workshop on Biomechanical Simulation of Humans and Bio-Inspired Humanoids at SIMPAR 2010

Monica Reggiani monica.reggiani at gmail.com
Sun Sep 19 04:17:00 PDT 2010

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SIMPAR 2010 Workshop on
Biomechanical Simulation of Humans and Bio-Inspired Humanoids

Held in conjunction with SIMPAR 2010, http://www.simpar.org
Darmstadt, Germany, November 15th, 2010
Workshop URL: http://monicareggiani.net/bh2

Robotics researchers aim for the creation of robotic systems which match the
motion, performance and efficiency of humans, e.g. in locomotion or
manipulation. However, there is still a huge gap between the abilities of
today's robots and humans. Biomechanics and motion scientists search for the
principles underlying and determining human motion. Biomechanical and
biokinetical models and simulations are of primary importance for
fundamental investigations on the design, control and performance of motion
systems in both communities which, however, have very different perspectives
on similar problems.
To give just one example, bipedal jogging is treated as a posturally stable
gait with some, possibly small, flight phases in robotics whereas in
biomechanics bioenergetic aspects of gains and losses in potential and
kinetic energy and their transfer during a gait and between gaits are

This workshop aims at bringing together both communities to suggest and to
stimulate new approaches by investigating answers on questions like:
   * What can be learned from biomechanics research for the modeling,
simulation, design, control and evaluation of bio-inspired robotic systems
like arms, legs or full size humanoids?
   * How can robotics be used to validate hypotheses on human motion?

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
   * Biomechanical and biodynamical modeling and simulation of locomotion
and manipulation,
   * Compliant actuation and control of locomotion and manipulation,
   * Optimization and performance evaluation of motion,
   * Fundamental methods and tools used to derive and validate motion models
and simulations, e.g. from data acquisition and information processing, use
of electromyography and mechanomyography, human data resources and
collections, biomechanics simulations software,
   * Musculoskeletal modeling of motion kinematics, kinetics and dynamics,
   * Robot design inspired by biomechanical insights,
   * Evaluation of biomechanical hypotheses using robots.

-- Workshop Co-Chairs --
Andre Seyfarth, University of Jena, Germany
Monica Reggiani, University of Padua, Italy
Oskar von Stryk, TU Darmstadt, Germany

-- Important Dates --
Due date for abstract paper submission: 12 October 2010
Acceptance notification: 22 October 2010
Camera ready paper: 1 November 2010
Workshop date: 15 November 2010

-- Submission Guidelines --
Prospective authors should submit an extended abstract  (less than 10 pages)
in PDF format to Monica Reggiani (monica.reggiani at unipd.it).
The paper must follow Springer LNCS formatting guidelines:

Papers accepted for presentation at the workshop will be included in the
proceedings of SIMPAR 2010 Workshop's CD-ROM and will be published online
with ISBN number.
At least one author must register to the workshop to present the paper.
Workshop authors can register at reduced rate to the SIMPAR conference

-- Contact --
For questions/submissions, please contact Monica Reggiani (
monica.reggiani at unipd.it)

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