A one-day symposium followed by a three-day modelling competition
"Can clinicians, engineers and modellers help in the study, evaluation and development of new treatments for osteoarthritic joints by using multi-scale modelling methods?"


Dates: Monday – Thursday, 17-20 September 2018, Diamond Building, University of Sheffield
Audience: Researchers in biomechanics, computational modelling or image based solutions
Purpose: An opportunity to discuss, network and practise multi-scale research modelling skills with support from industry software and modelling experts from Ansys, Dassault Systemes, Synopsys and Materialise, Microsoft ** and compete to win prizes
Register at our online store by 20 August 2018. Places are limited to 35 participants.

For any information please contact Dr Enrico Dall'Ara, e.dallara@sheffield.ac.uk

Dear Colleague,
We would like to invite you to our four-day EPSRC funded ‘Modelathon’ event that brings together the very best of theory and practice in the area of multi-scale modelling. The Modelathon is jointly hosted by EPSRC funded MultiSim and OATECH Network+ projects.
After three successful events, and in response to last year’s positive feedback we will once again have an additional day that takes the format of a symposium on day-one. This year it will focus on the role of multi-scale modelling for new treatments of osteoarthritic joints. This will be followed by a three-day multi-scale modelling competition. Our symposium may be attended as a standalone event or as a pre-session for our modelling competition.

Symposium programme
Our symposium on day 1 explores “Can clinicians, engineers and modellers help in the study, evaluation and development of new treatments for osteoarthritic joints by using multi-scale modelling methods?"

Through expert keynotes, a round-table discussion, and three-minute-researcher presentations we will explore cutting-edge research on how new potential treatments are being tested, evaluated and optimised by using a combination of experimental and multi-scale computational, models and methods.

We hope that this event kick starts dialogues and collaborations across disciplines on the use of multi-scale modelling in research. To help us coordinate our round-table discussion, on registration, please let us know of any topics you would like covered. The discussion will be about the evaluation and development of new treatments for osteoarthritic joints by combining computational modelling and experimental methods.

Multi-scale Modelling competition
The competition is based on the concept of a hackathon where different teams work on a challenging problem to ‘hack’ computer code. This event, however, uses ‘modelling’ and ‘simulation’ rather than ‘hacking’.

Our multi-scale modelling competition on days 2-4 includes leading companies** such as
Ansys, Dassault Systemes,Synopsys, and Materialise who will provide hands-on support by sending an expert for the duration of the event to ensure participants utilise their company’s software to its full potential in a competitive environment. Our eventis powered by Microsoft Azure.

This is an ideal opportunity to:
·gain practical experience of working with professionals in a multi-scale research modelling team that is likely to include clinicians and modellers;
·enhance your computer simulation skills by using technical software on challenges based on the subject of multi-scale biomechanics in front of industry and academic experts;
·have access to state-of-the-art techniques and software (including Abaqus, Ansys, Simpleware, Mimics, Matlab and OpenSim) as your team works through this multi-scale challenge;
·network and make friends in your research area;
·win Amazon gift vouchers of £100 as a member of the winning team!

This year the challenges will be based around producing a subject-specific model of an osteoarthritic joint and to study the effects of potential treatments. The starting point for these challenges is medical images and gait data of a human subject. Participants will gain a deeper insight into building musculoskeletal models, finite element and medical devices models from personalised clinical data.

Feedback from previous events
All respondents to our last event survey said they would recommend this event to their friends!

Event registration
Day 1 Free for all participants. This symposium can be attended as a standalone event. To help us coordinate our group discussion, on registration, please let us know of any topics you would like covered.
Day 2-4 Modelathon competition. The fee for external participants is £180 and covers materials, refreshments, all meals and accommodation on 17, 18, 19 September and half day 20 September 2018.

If you are attending the Modelathon competition on days 2-4, please tell us about yourself so that we can ensure there is a right mix of skills in each team. On registration you will be asked to provide information regarding:

· your academic background and expertise (up to 300 words);
· what you can bring to the Modelathon (up to 300 words).
All day 2-4 participants are expected to give a 3-minute presentation about their research on day 1.
Register at our online store by 19 August 2018 to book your place.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr Claudia Mazza', Reader in Biomedical Engineering & Director of MultiSim
Dr Enrico Dall’Ara, Lecturer in Multiscale Imaging
INSIGNEO Institute for in silico Medicine
The University of Sheffield, S1 3JD, UK

*MultiSim is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded programme awarded to The University of Sheffield to develop a multi-scale modelling framework of the human musculoskeletal system. www.multisim-insigneo.org

The Osteoarthritis Technology Plus Network (
OATECH Network +) was set up to work together to increase the current understanding of osteoarthritis, and to offer patients better treatment options. www.oatechnetwork.org

** Maybe subject to variation

To take a look at an overview of last year's Modelathon visit our Modelathon 2017 webpage.