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

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

    Held in conjunction with SIMPAR 2010,
    Darmstadt, Germany, November 15th, 2010
    Workshop URL:

    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 considered.

    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 ( 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 track.

    -- Contact
    For questions/submissions, please contact Monica Reggiani (