Welcome to Advanced Musculoskeletal Modeling with Emphasis on Exoskeletons and IMU drivers

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 multibody kinematics and ending with analysis of complex and anatomically realistic models.

The first day of the course contains a general introduction to musculoskeletal modeling, but participants must be prepared to study the subject in preparation for the course.

The remainder 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. Software licenses will be provided.

The course contents are the following:

Degrees of freedom and constraints
Orientations in 3D
Open and closed chains
Forward and inverse kinematics
The Cartesian formulation
Defining and analyzing simple kinematic models in AnyBody
Driving models with IMUs
IMU and sensor fusion introduction
The BVH file format
Stick figure drivers and virtual markers
Practical exercises
Dynamic equilibrium equations
Forward and inverse dynamics
Statically determinate and indeterminate systems
Simple kinetic analysis in AnyBody
Force platforms and prediction of ground reaction forces
Structure of contact template classes
Models of exoskeletons
From concepts to detailed models
Kinematic incompatibility
Optimization of actuators
Joints in exoskeletons: Do we need them?
SolidWorks interface
Introduction of assignment

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

Lecturers: John Rasmussen, Mark de Zee, Michael Skipper Andersen

ECTS: 4.0

Time: 18-22 March 2019

Place: Department of Materials and Production


Number of seats: 30. Each participant must bring a reasonably modern laptop on which software can be installed.

Deadline: 25. February 2019

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.