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Current and future uses of musculoskeletal simulation in industry

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    Dear All,

    I am trying to understand the current state of musculoskeletal
    simulation (a general term to say the least) and how it is currently
    utilized specifically in industry settings. I am also very interested
    in what improvement(s) to the current simulation tool set would make
    answering the 'difficult questions' easier. I have noticed there has
    been a recent rise in generalized musculoskeletal models that can be
    used to answer a variety of interesting academic topics. These
    include: AnyBody, LifeModeler, OpenSim, SAM, and SIMM (I am sure there
    are others and I apologize if your product is not listed. Feel free
    to email me additional software names and I will include them in the
    summary of replies). Although many of these products are very
    flexible in what they can do, I am not convinced that those, and other
    similar tools, (e.g. multi-body dynamic solvers (inverse and forward),
    muscle recruitment optimization, deformable models (FE), or
    conditional contact solvers) have been embraced/utilized for
    evaluating industry problems (I am being vague with 'industry problem'
    because I want to include as many groups as I can, i.e. medical
    devices, clinicians, sports equipment, etc.) on a large scale.

    I hope that people will treat this as an opportunity to help identify
    future research/product needs in this area that can be directly
    applicable to a specific industry need and/or problem. Plus, I think
    people tend to be very passionate about simulation, and any discussion
    that gets started here will be interesting.

    To organize the responses, I hope the following template will help.
    Please feel free to add any additional information you might think is
    relevant. I will compile the responses and post a summary for all

    Name (optional):
    Company (optional):
    Industry (please be as specific as you can):
    Current simulation tool(s) (i.e. commercial product => please list, or
    a high-level description of the model/tool):
    Application(s) (problems/devices/questions that you attempt to answer/
    evaluate/address with your musculoskeletal simulations):
    Current simulation tool deficiencies:
    Holy Grail tool description (describe the capabilities of your ideal
    simulation tool => how you would use it, what you would be solving
    for, how happy it would make you feel, etc.):

    David Wagner, PhD
    Project Manager
    Ozen Engineering
    Phone: 408-732-4665