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02-27-2002, 03:57 AM
Dear All:
As you may remember we launched on the list some topics we felt
controversial in order to decide which arguments could be discussed in the
'Get it off your chest' session we planned in the BIONET event.

Some of the topics did not elicit much attention while others triggered
interesting debates. While we are still posting other possible topics to
your attention, after some discussion with the other organisers of the
BIONET event, we agreed that one of the topics that already emerged as
controversial is the discussion on the level of complexity that future
musculo-skeletal musculo-skeletal models should exhibit.

Various colleagues adopted positions well summarised by Herbert Hatze,
which can roughly be labelled as 'we need more comprehensive (complex)
models'. On the other hand, some colleagues supported a different attitude
which, again very roughly I may summarise as 'we need more specialised

In order to represent the two positions we felt it appropriate to have each
of them properly introduced before we start the public discussion. Of
course we decided that the comprehensive (complex) models position had to
be represented by Herbert Hatze. After some thinking we asked Aurelio
Cappozzo to take the heavy duty of representing the opposite position.
Prof. Cappozzo is a strong supporter of what he calls 'minimum
measured-input models' (i.e. J Biomech. 1999 Nov;32(11):1205-12).

Of course the third speaker will be the rest of us. If you can join us in
Brussels on 28 and 29 April 2002, you will be invited to express your
personal opinion on this and other matters.

If you will not be able to attend the event, we ask you to send to the two
speakers your opinions as well as evidences in support of one or the other

Best regards

Alberto Leardini
Marco Viceconti
on behalf of the BIONET Consortium

MARCO VICECONTI, PhD (viceconti@tecno.ior.it)
Laboratorio di Tecnologia Medica tel. 39-051-6366865
Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli fax. 39-051-6366863
via di barbiano 1/10, 40136 - Bologna, Italy

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