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ICORR 2013 Workshop:
Simulation-based design and evaluation for rehabilitation research with OpenSim

Wednesday, June 26, 16:15-18:15

Workshop Contact: Katherine Steele; email: kmsteele-at-uw-dot-edu

Workshop Presenters:

steelereinboltKatherine Steele, University of Washington

Jeffrey Reinbolt, University of Tennessee

Two hour, hands-on workshop. Computer simulation has emerged as a powerful tool to understand the dynamics and function of human movement, evaluate new assistive technologies, and revolutionize medical decision making and design. Applied to rehabilitation research, simulation has the potential to help identify the underlying mechanisms of movement disorders, optimize new rehabilitation strategies, evaluate human-robot interactions, and provide quantitative measures of the rehabilitation and recovery process. This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to computer simulation that is accessible to engineers, scientists, and clinicians of all backgrounds.

This will be a hands-on workshop using the free, open-source software OpenSim. If possible, participants should download the software, version 3.0.1, before the workshop ( or be prepared to team up with other workshop participants. The OpenSim GUI runs on Windows (or bootcamp if using a mac) and a mouse is also helpful for navigation.

The NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) was created to equip the rehabilitation research community with state-of-the-art simulation tools that enable investigators to complement experimental studies of human performance with advanced simulation software and biomechanical models (

OpenSim is a freely available, open source software platform that serves as the central development framework for the NCSRR. Participants in this workshop will learn about the capabilities and limitations of computer simulation and receive hands-on instruction on how to run simulations and evaluate assistive or other rehabilitation devices using OpenSim. As an example, participants will use OpenSim to evaluate the design of an ankle-foot-orthosis to prevent ankle inversion injuries during a drop landing. This example will provide participants with an understanding of the OpenSim framework, an overview of the tools and analyses available in OpenSim, and how assistive devices can be integrated with musculoskeletal simulation. If possible, participants should bring a Windows laptop with OpenSim version 3.0.1 or later installed (download available at: or be prepared to team up with other participants for the hands-on activities.

Workshop Schedule
1. Introduction and Workshop Goals
2. Introduction to Musculoskeletal Models and OpenSim Software
3. Hands-On Example: Analyzing the Effects of an Ankle-Foot Orthosis
4. How can you learn more about OpenSim and musculoskeletal simulation?