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OpenSim Workshop Leuven 2018

Thank you to everyone that participated in the OpenSim Workshop in Leuven!  It was a pleasure working with you all and the progress you made in a short three days was impressive. We hope that you will maintain the momentum you developed using OpenSim with your research and stay involved in the OpenSim community. 

Please fill out the workshop survey. It will only take a few minutes. Your feedback and critiques are incredibly valuable for improving future workshops and the OpenSim software. 

Also huge thank you to the helpers and the OpenSim team at Stanford, it would not have been possible without your support.

   -OpenSim Workshop 2018 organizers


Photos from the Workshop and Dinner



Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group along with external OpenSim fellows and experts will hold an OpenSim workshop at KU Leuven (6th-8th November 2018).

Registration for the workshop is free. Please register by filling this form before October 20.


This workshop targets OpenSim beginners and users who are familiar with the tutorials but want to gain more insight in the data processing workflow in OpenSim and want support from experienced OpenSim users to import their own motion capture data in OpenSim. 

Workshop location

The course is organized on the campus of the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Science, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 Leuven, Belgium. The workshop will be located in building Sporthal de Nayer and in room GBDN 01.01 (AULA)

Leuven is located 15 min by train from Brussels airport. Note that two airports serve the Brussels area: the main airport is located in Brussels-Zaventem (BRU), the other airport in Brussels-Charleroi (CRL) is 46 km south of Brussels!

If taking the train from Brussels, make sure you are going to "Leuven" (in French, "Louvain") and not "New Leuven" (in French, "Louvain-la-Neuve").

See this map for the location of the workshop (star), course dinner on Tuesday evening, and various lunch options.


There are accommodations in the Leuven area that have KU Leuven discounts. You only need to mention the contract number when booking. The updated list with contract number is here

What you need to bring

  1. Please provide your own laptop for the workshop. There will be power plugs for you to use. 
  2. Working installation of OpenSim 3.3 (or whichever version you have been using)
  3. Data for the project you are working on.



The agenda is available here (PDF).

The OpenSim Workshop dinner will be held on Tuesday at 7 pm. The restaurant is De Waaiberg, which is walking distance from campus. It is an open buffet and cost for the dinner is 50€. Please sign up here by 29th October 2018 as we need to give numbers to the restaurant in advance. The dinner is optional, but it is an excellent opportunity to socialize with fellow attendees and OpenSim fellows.


Workshop Topics

Workshop Introduction

Musculoskeletal modeling in OpenSim - Use and application

Data import marker set definition

MOtoNMS to create .trc and .mot files


Inverse Kinematics

Inverse Dynamics

Residual Reduction Algorithm

Static Optimization

Forward Dynamics

Computed Muscle Control

Automating OpenSim Processing

Joint Reaction Analysis

Induced Acceleration Analysis

About Model/Simulation Validation


Workshop Organizers

Ilse Jonkers (OpenSim Fellows, KU Leuven)

Friedl De Groote  (OpenSim Fellows, KU Leuven)

Luca Modenese (OpenSim Fellows, Imperial College London)

Dario Cazzola (University of Bath)

Colin Smith (ETH)

Mariska Wesseling (KU Leuven)

Antoine Falisse (KU Leuven)

Han Kainz (KU Leuven)

Sam Van Rossom (KU Leuven)

Lorenzon Pitto (KU Leuven)

Maarten Afschrift (KU Leuven)

Hoa Hoang (KU Leuven)

Workshop Helpers

Thomas Overbergh (KU Leuven)

Sanne Vancleef  (KU Leuven)

Dimitar Stanev (University of Patras)

Tom Van Wouwe (KU Leuven)

Azin Zargham (KU Leuven)

Echo Wang (KU Leuven)

Wannes Swinnen (KU Leuven)


OpenSim is supported by the Mobilize Center , an NIH Biomedical Technology Resource Center (grant P41 EB027060); the Restore Center , an NIH-funded Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network Center (grant P2C HD101913); and the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation. See the People page for a list of the many people who have contributed to the OpenSim project over the years. ©2010-2024 OpenSim. All rights reserved.