Invited Speakers

A. Gefen

Tel Aviv University, Israel

The Role of Computer Methods in Pressure Ulcer Prevention

H. Van Oosterwyck

University of Leuven, Belgium

Modelling and measuring cell-matrix mechanical interactions

Alejandro Frangi

University of Sheffield, UK

Precision Population Imaging: scaling up our analytic ambitions

Jos Vander Sloten

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Added value of case-specific, computer aided biomechanical analysis

C. W. J. Oomens

Eindhoven University of Technology,
The Netherlands

(To Be Announced)

Laurent Cohen

Université Paris Dauphine, France

(To Be Announced)

C.P. Bourauel

University of Bonn, Germany

High Performance Polymers in Dentistry (Biomechanical and Clinical Aspects)

Marc Thiriet

Université Pierre et Maris Curie, France

Monolithic solver for blood flow in large valved veins of inferior limbs

Cristian A. Linte

Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

From medical image computing to computer-aided diagnosis tools: Successes, Challenges, Guidelines and Lessons Learned

Martyn Nash

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Biomechanical Mechanisms of Heart Failure

Daniela Iacoviello

Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza’, Italy

Physiological Cybernetics: Methods and Applications

P. Verdonck

University of Ghent, Belgium

Convergence & the MedTech ecosystem

Dominique P. Pioletti

EPFL, Switzerland

Hydrogel as a model system to study dissipation phenomena in soft tissue

S. Evans

Cardiff University, UK

Models of Soft Materials under Multiaxial Loading

Estevam de las Casas

Universidade Federal de Minas GeraisBrazil

Designing intramedullar posts or veterinary applications

S. Shirazi-Adl

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada

Knee Joint Response in Gait

Fiorella Sgallari

University of Bologna, Italy

Enhancing sparsity beyond convexity: applications to the restoration and segmentation of medical images and surfaces

W. Skalli

Laboratoire de Biomécanique, France

In vivo barycentremetry for subject specific musculo-skeletal modelling

Special Sessions

Dental Biomechanics

C.P. Bourauel; Ludger Keilig

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Dental biomechanics covers a wide range of loading conditions, starting from the functional loading during mastication, force application during orthodontic treatment to pathological loading during habits like clenching or grinding or even traumatic events. Additionally there is a large range of materials involved - hard tissue (like bone or teeth), soft tissues like the gingiva or the periodontal ligament with its complex structure, the temporomandibular joint, as well as the different materials that are introduced into the dental structures during restorative dental treatment or prosthodontics.

This mini-symposium offers a platform to present and discuss current aspects of dental biomechanics like (but not limited to)

• dedicated material models for the involved biological or
restorative materials,

• experimental determination of material properties of the
involved material in vitro or in vivo for the validation of such
material models,

• influence of (novel) material or design choices for
biomechanical behaviour of prosthodontic restorations, and

• application of bone modelling algorithms for orthodontic tooth
movement and for bone remodelling during implant treatment.

Bridging new Medical device technology towards the patiënt

P. Verdonck

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The overall aim of medical devices is to provide better treatment options or a better quality of life for the patient, and eventually to save lives. The absolute necessity of integrated thinking and a permanent dialogue between government, industry and hospitals while putting the patient centre stage. For researchers in this field, it means that they should be familiar with the complex valorisation process of a medical device and understand the functioning of health economics, cost efficiency and the creation of added value with new medical high-tech. For the government, it means that the many existing information channelsand financial resources should be communicated through one unique platform: the MedTech platform. The start-up SMEs active in Medical Technology (MedTech) all need eight policy lines:
1. Internal networking and visibility
2. Sharing heavy equipment and infrastructure
3. Knowledge of quality assurance and systems
4. Human Resources
5. Creation of hospital ecosystems for data collection and standardized patient data streams
6. Integration of refunding systems to penetrate domestic markets
7. Access to seed capital specifically for MedTech
8. Marketing / Business Coaching
All contributions streamlining these objectives are welcome.

To be announced

Eduardo Soudah

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Computational modelling of cell mechanics

H. Van Oosterwyck

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Cell mechanics plays a crucial role in single cell and multicellular behaviour and organization, such as during morphogenesis, cell differentiation and diseases like cancer metastasis. Studying cell mechanics is complex, due to the active, dynamic nature of cell mechanical properties and the existence of feedback between chemical and mechanical regulators. Computational models of cell mechanical behaviour can help in elucidating the role of cell mechanics in physiology and pathophysiology. In this mini-symposium, we want to bring an overview of the current state of the art of cell mechanical models and their contribution to the study of single cell and multicellular behaviour. In addition, we want to emphasise the link to experimental methods that can provide data on cell mechanical properties that are crucial for the calibration and validation of such models.

Growth and Remodelling

C. W. J. Oomens; Sandra Loerakker

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New Mathematical Trends in Medical Imaging

Fiorella Sgallari; Alessandro Lanza; Serena Morigi

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The aim of this minisymposium is to bring together researchers in various aspects of mathematical image processing to share the latest developments in this field and to leverage the synergy between accademic research and real applicative interests in image processing. The minisymposium will cover two parts: the first is dedicated to mathematical developments in imaging focusing on variational models and emerging related optimization techniques; the second part is devoted to investigate several aspects of imaging science ranging from hardware design to image enhancement, from image representation to image understanding, from the point of view of experts working in the field. Variational models are getting popular for image processing and other imaging problems including inverse problems, image reconstruction and computer vision. The search for fast and robust algorithms to solve variational models, however, is an open challenge to the mathematical community due to complexity involved with: nonlinearity, non-smoothness of functional and solutions, non-convexity for the minimization, high-order derivatives within the functional, and large data size. Both the use of advanced optimization techniques and the development of new techniques are of fundamental importance for the success of elaborations in different imaging applications. This motivates this proposal to bring researchers from industrial and mathematical community to exchange and stimulate ideas in imaging sciences, to combine deep theoretical contributions with very relevant emerging practical applications.

To be announced

Jos Vander Sloten

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Model Based Parameter Identification

Martyn Nash; Sam Evans

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To be announced

Paolo Di Giamberardino

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Musculoskeletal Models and Applications

S. Shirazi-Adl; H. Schmidt

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Nowadays, model studies have emerged as valuable, robust and complementary tools, hand-in-hand with in vivo and in vitro studies, in search to estimate muscle forces and internal joint loads in complex musculoskeletal systems during various daily activities. These models are crucial in prevention, evaluation and treatment managements of different disorders. Solution algorithms, model reconstruction, collection of required input data, validation and applications are covered in this mini-symposium.

Modeling and simulations for describing mechanisms of action and determining efficacy of medical technologies and processes

Amit Gefen; Alon Wolf

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Soft Tissue Mechanics

Sam Evens

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Understanding the mechanics of soft tissues remains one of the major frontiers of biomechanics.
This symposium will address the problems of mathematical models for soft tissues, computational methods and algorithms, measurement and identification of material parameters and practical applications.

Non-invasive imaging of scoliosis 

Wafa Skalli, Claudio Vergari, Laurent Gajny

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