Main scientific themes

  • Animal Biomechanics (6 papers).
  • Biofluid Mechanics (24 papers).
  • Biomaterials (22 papers).
  • Biotribology (2 papers).
  • Cardiovascular Biomechanics (53 papers).
  • Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics (16 papers).
  • Computer-Aided Medical Interventions (6 papers).
  • Corporate Presentations (1 papers).
  • Ergonomics/Occupational Biomechanics/Rehabilitation (17 papers).
  • Forensic Biomechanics (0 papers).
  • Hard Tissue Biomechanics (62 papers).
  • Human Movement (33 papers).
  • Humano├»d Robotics (3 papers).
  • Imaging (19 papers).
  • Impact/Injury Biomechanics (20 papers).
  • Implants/Orthotics/Prosthetics/Devices (70 papers).
  • Invited Speakers (10 papers).
  • Mechanobiology (21 papers).
  • Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (55 papers).
  • Perspective Talks (13 papers).
  • Plant Biomechanics (1 papers).
  • Respiratory Biomechanics (0 papers).
  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics (52 papers).
  • Spine (29 papers).
  • Sports Biomechanics (29 papers).
  • Tissue Engineering (11 papers).
  • Ultrasound (10 papers).

Invited speakers in order of appearance:

Prof. Walter Herzog, Calgary University, Canada

Photograph of our keynote lecturer Dr. Walter Herzog. Dr. Herzog did his undergraduate training in Physical Education at the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1979), completed his doctoral research in biomechanics at the University of Iowa (USA) in 1985, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Neuroscience and Biomechanics in Calgary, Canada in 1987. Currently, Dr. Herzog is a Professor of Biomechanics with appointments in Kinesiology, Medicine, Engineering, and Veterinary Medicine, holds the Canada Research Chair for Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics, and is appointed the Killam Memorial Chair for Inter-Disciplinary Research at the University of Calgary. His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics with emphasis on mechanisms of muscle contraction and the biomechanics of joints with focus on mechanisms of onset and progression of osteoarthritis. Dr. Herzog is the recipient of the Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics, the Career Award from the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and is the past president of the International, American and Canadian Societies for Biomechanics and was recently inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Francesco Migliavacca, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Photograph of our keynote lecturer Prof. Francesco Migliavacca. Francesco Migliavacca obtained a MSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 and a PhD in Bioengineering in 1997 both from Politecnico di Milano. In 2000 he worked as a Research Assistant at the Cardiothoracic Unit of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London in 1994 and 1997-99. In 2000 and 2001 he was consultant and Research Scientist at the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. At present he is a Full Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering 'Giulio Natta' of Politecnico di Milano. From September 2007 to March 2017 he has been the Director of the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBS) of the Politecnico di Milano. His major research activities have included the fluid dynamic optimization of pediatric cardiac surgery procedures, fluid dynamics in the living systems as well as structural analysis and material behaviour of biomedical devices, in particular intravascular stents. He received the medal 'Le Scienze 2001' in Engineering and was awarded the European Society of Biomechanics Perren Award in 2004. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and is Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journals 'Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology' and 'Frontiers in Pediatric Cardiology'.

Prof. José Manuel García-Aznar, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Photograph of our keynote lecturer Prof. José Manuel García-Aznar. José Manuel García-Aznar received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 1999 from University of Zaragoza, where he serves since 2008 as Full Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. In these years, he has been visiting researcher at Keele University (2001), KU Leuven (2012) and Cambridge University (2015). In 2004, he was elected as Council Member of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) (2004-2012), and finally as Vice-President (2008-2012). More recently, in 2012 he was awarded by the ERC with a Starting Grant project that allows him extending his computational expertise to 3D cell cultures. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and 20 book chapters. His research interests focus on computational modelling of hard tissues mechanics, mechanobiology of skeletal tissue regeneration and tissue engineering, tissue growth and development and, cell mechanics. Most recently his research work has also focused on the combination of computational models and microfluidics-based experiments in order to investigate the mechanisms that regulate 3D cell migration.


Numerical modelling of the constitutive behaviour of biological tissues:

  • Modelling of tissue regeneration (Morning)
  • Soft tissues (Afternoon)

OpenSim workshop:

  • Basic course (Morning)
  • Advanced course (Afternoon)
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