Welcome to Advanced Musculoskeletal Modeling

Description: This Ph.D. course introduces techniques for modeling of musculoskeletal systems based on multibody dynamics. Unlike most courses in the field, this one takes a bottom-up approach beginning with kinematics of open and closed chains and ending with analysis of complex and anatomically realistic models.  The course uses the AnyBody Modeling System throughout and also contains an introduction to this system.

The first part of the course contains a general introduction to musculoskeletal modeling.

The second part focuses on advanced topics on the forefront of research.

The participants must install the AnyBody Modeling System and familiarize themselves with the system prior to the course.

The course contents are the following:

  1. Kinematics
    1. Degrees of freedom and constraints
    2. Orientations in 3D
    3. Open and closed chains
    4. Forward and inverse kinematics
    5. The Cartesian formulation
    6. Defining and analyzing simple kinematic models in AnyBody
  2. Kinetics
    1. Dynamic equilibrium equations
    2. Forward and inverse dynamics
    3. Statically determinate and indeterminate systems
    4. Simple kinetic analysis in AnyBody
    5. Muscle models
    6. Muscle recruitment
    7. Definition and analysis of simple muscle systems in AnyBody
  3. Predictive models: Ground reactions
    1. The repository models
    2. Motion capture-driven models
    3. Definition of force platforms
    4. Contact by muscle recruitment
    5. Adding GRF prediction to models
    6. Structure of contact template classes
  4. Patient-specific models
    1. Anatomical data acquisition methods
    2. Scaling and individualization
    3. Parameter estimation from kinematics
    4. Force-dependent kinematics and advanced joint models
    5. Real model development cases in AnyBody
  5. Predictive models: Activities of daily living
    1. Statistical models of anthropometry
    2. Quasi-static balancing models
    3. Motion parametrization
  6. Introduction of assignment

Organizer: Professor John Rasmussen, e-mail: jr@mp.aau.dk

Lecturers: Professor John Rasmussen, Associate Professor Mark de Zee and Associate Professor Michael Skipper Andersen


Time: 30 April - 4 May 2018

Deadline: 9 April 2018

Place: Department of Materials and Production

Zip code: 9220

City: Aalborg Øst

Important information concerning PhD courses We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.