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    This is a Call for Papers and Announcement
    for the Fifth Annual Symposium of
    COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN ORTHOPAEDIC BIOMECHANICS

    This symposium, which is sponsored in part by the Departments of
    Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF,
    will be held Saturday, February 8, 8:00 am to 5:20 pm at the Andersen
    Auditorium on the UC Berkeley campus.

    The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for discussion of
    current methods used in computational analysis of problems related to
    orthopaedics. Since the symposium immediately precedes the Annual Meeting
    of the Orthopaedic Research Society (which starts at 11 am Sunday
    February 9 in San Francisco), it is hoped that participants in the latter
    meeting with an interest in computational mechanics will participate in
    this symposium, either by presenting their research or attending the
    sessions and discussions. This symposium has grown over the past four
    years and has proven to be an excellent meeting ground for researchers in
    this field and an effective forum for sharing and discussion of ideas
    related to computational biomechanics. Last year, there were close to 200
    attendees.

    By tradition of this symposium, presentation of research is limited to
    "junior" researchers (either graduate students or PhDs within five years
    of their degree) who are actively involved in computational work of any
    nature related to orthopaedics. The idea is that these individuals know
    most about the details of their computational work, and therefore are
    best qualified to describe and discuss this work. This format also
    provides a forum for work that is typically difficult to present at other
    conferences, which generally have less emphasis on methods than is
    planned here. Typical issues that have been discussed in the past
    include: computer modeling of whole bones from quantitative computed
    tomography scans; finite element formulation and implementation of
    non-linear constitutive models for soft tissues; development and
    numerical behavior of algorithms for simulation of bone remodeling;
    computer modeling of bone-implant systems; contact problems;
    micro-mechanical modeling of tissues; and motion/dynamic analysis of the
    skeleton.

    With the objective of promoting cross-communication between the various
    application areas within orthopaedics, there will not be parallel
    sessions in this symposium, although particular sessions will be built
    around specific themes. We hope to represent the full spectrum of
    orthopaedic applications, including constitutive modeling, stress
    analysis of tissues and organs, hard and soft tissue mechanics, biologic
    responses to mechanical stimuli, and dynamic analyses of the
    musculoskeletal system. Abstracts will be chosen for presentation based
    in part on the application area. Our goal is to have four sessions, each
    with a general theme (that will be decided on based on the submissions).
    Work that will be presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society should
    not be submitted for this symposium, although related work is acceptable.
    For example, it is acceptable to present computational details related to
    work that is being presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society.

    Presentations will last 20 minutes total (15 minutes talk, 5 minutes
    discussion), and each session will contain one 20-minute general
    discussion at its end. This discussion will be led by two session
    co-chairs, who will start things off with prepared remarks. We hope there
    will be substantial audience participation in these discussions. Each
    session will last 100 minutes: four presentations and one general
    discussion. There will be four of these sessions, with breaks between
    each session and for lunch. The program has been designed to allow much
    time for informal discussion and sharing of ideas, and this is a major
    strength of this symposium.

    Registration for this symposium, although free, is requested in advance
    to assist in our logistics. We are planning to have coffee/pastries
    throughout the day and a lunch box, pending additional funding from our
    industrial supporters.

    TO PRE-REGISTER:
    Simply return this message to us, with your name and affiliation. Please
    respond without delay. Printed programs and badges will be prepared in
    advance for attendees who are pre-registered, and these materials can be
    picked up on-site. Registration will also be possible on-site.

    TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT:
    Send by email (unformatted text, no figures) an abstract of no more than
    350 words. In addition, send the title of the study, and the names and
    affiliations of yourself and your co-authors (if any). The deadline for
    submission is Friday December 20. Notification of acceptance will occur
    early January. By submitting an abstract, it is understood that you will
    present your work in person if your abstract is accepted, and that this
    work is not being presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society.

    A final announcement of this symposium will be sent out early January,
    together with an electronic version of the program, including the
    accepted abstracts. More details on the location etc. will also be sent
    at that time, and a WWW site will be created with all this information.
    For your travel planning, UC Berkeley is easily reached from downtown San
    Francisco via car or BART (the subway system); door-to-door travel is
    expected to take approximately 30-40 minutes.

    Attached below is the mail list for this symposium. Please feel free to
    forward this announcement to any colleagues not on this list. If anyone
    wishes to be included on (or taken off) this mail list, please email a
    request to "preors@biomech2.me.berkeley.edu" to that effect. If you
    have any questions or comments regarding the symposium, please send email
    to this address also.

    We look forward to seeing you all at the symposium, and to receiving your
    abstracts.

    Tony M. Keaveny, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley
    Jeffrey C. Lotz, Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
    Stephen N. Robinovitch, Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
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