Dear colleagues,

As many of you already know, the 17th Congress of the European Society
of Biomechanics will be held this year from Monday 5th July to Thursday
8th July at the University of Edinburgh (for programme and registration
details, see & note that
the 'early registration' period ends on 30th April).

On Sunday 4th July, the day before the main Congress begins, we will be
holding four tutorial sessions, covering a good range of interesting and
relevant topics (details below). These are aimed at graduate students,
post-docs, and young researchers, although experienced researchers are
also welcome to attend. The cost is 20 per tutorial or 35 for two when
booked at the same time. All costs include lunch and a coffee/tea break.
Bookings can be made on

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh this summer.

Amy Zavatsky

----- European Society of Biomechanics Congress 2010 Tutorial Details -----

* Dr. Marco Viceconti, Dr. Fulvia Taddei, Prof. Luca Cristofolini
(Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy)
The aim of this tutorial is to provide post-graduates, post-docs, and
young researchers in general with an update on the most innovative
methods to generate and validate predictive biomechanical models of the
musculoskeletal system. The course will open with a rather philosophical
introduction to models: the definition of a model, the role of models,
and their strengths and limitations. In this context, new approaches
such as multiscale, probabilistic, and personalised modelling will be
introduced. In the second part of the course, these modelling methods
will be described in detail, and their strengths and weaknesses and the
role they can play in research and clinical practice will be illustrated
through the use of some practical examples. In the final part of the
course, the role of experimental measurements will be shown. The
importance of model identification and validation will be stressed. An
integrated experimental-numerical approach for exploiting the synergy
between numerical models and in vitro experiments will also be presented.

* Dr. Peter Hoskins & Prof. Bill Eason (University of Edinburgh, UK) and
Dr. Quan Long (Brunel University, UK)
This is an introductory tutorial on arterial mechanics with an emphasis
on imaging and modelling of arterial disease. The first part of the
course concerns wall shear stress (WSS), imaging, and image-guided
modelling. Topics to be covered include velocity and pressure in the
arterial system, reflected waves, WSS, imaging-based methods to estimate
WSS and their limitations, the basic image-guided modelling processing
chain, and examples of blood flow and WSS in health and disease. The
second part of the course will concentrate on wall modelling and
fluid-structure interactions (FSI). After an introduction to FSI, the
following areas will be discussed: different forms of FSI (one-way
coupled, two-way coupled), FSI in practice and its applications in
atherosclerosis, single case and multiple case studies on the assessment
of vulnerable plaque rupture risk, and technical issues such as
constitutive models for artery, boundary conditions, pre-stretch, and
residual stress. The third part of the course will focus on blood as a
two-phase fluid and will cover the general principles of two-phase flow,
forces on particles, experimental and computational modelling of
two-phase flow, red-cell margination, monocyte dynamics, and examples of
clinical use.

* Dr. Julia A. Schnabel (University of Oxford, UK)
The aim of this tutorial is to provide an overview of medical image
analysis and state-of-the art methods in image segmentation,
registration, shape modelling, and validation methods. The course will
open with a general introduction into medical image analysis, including
image feature detection and filtering techniques. Image segmentation
methods, including active contours and level sets, and suitable
validation methods will then be introduced. In the second part of the
course, motion models, in the context of nonlinear image registration,
and their applicability for shape modelling and analysis will be
presented. The synergy between image segmentation, registration, and
shape modelling will be stressed, and the potential use of current
state-of-the-art medical image analysis methods in biomechanical
applications will be discussed.

* Dr. Maarten F. Bobbert (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
The aim of this tutorial is to give an introduction into muscle
mechanics, the construction of models of muscle-tendon complexes, and
the utilization of such models in, for example, forward simulation of
movement. Various purposes for which researchers have developed muscle
models and the types of models that are currently available in the
literature will be addressed first. In human movement science, one
common purpose is estimation of individual muscle forces from kinematics
and electromyograms measured from subjects while they perform movements,
and a second common purpose is simulation of movements with forward
models of the musculoskeletal system. For both purposes, researchers
mostly use Hill-type models, consisting of a contractile element in
series with an elastic element. This course will therefore focus on the
interaction between contractile elements and series elastic elements, on
the modelling of this interaction, and on the incorporation of models of
muscle-tendon complexes in models of the skeleton. After a brief
coverage of the modelling of excitation dynamics and ways of obtaining
parameter values for models of muscle-tendon complexes, examples of the
estimation of individual muscle forces and simulation of movements with
forward models of the musculoskeletal system will be presented.

Dr Amy B. Zavatsky
Department of Engineering Science
University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ, UK
Tel: +44 1865 737841