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

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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