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ESMAC Seminar 2023

This seminar is orgaized as a pre-conference seminar of the annual meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC)


Hans Kainz, University of Vienna, Austria

Bryce Killen, KU Leuven, Belgium

Helping experts

Basilio Goncalves, University of Vienna

Willi Koller, University of Vienna

Brian Horsak, University Applied Science St. Pölten, Austria

Bernhard Guggenberger, Medical University Graz, Austria

Giacomo Di Raimondo, KU Leuven

Dhruv Gupta, KU Leuven

Hannah Carey, KU Leuven

Míriam Febrer Nafría, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Date and place

20 September 2023, 13:30 - 17:30

Royal Olympic Hotel, Conference Room 1, Level 1

28-34 Athanasiou Diakou str., 11743 Athens, Greece

General information

OpenSim is an open source software system for biomechanical modeling, simulation and analysis. We will introduce OpenSim and demonstrate a typical musculoskeletal modeling workflow in OpenSim (using the GUI) with a hands-on example. Additionally, we give short presentations to highlight the added clinical value and potential of musculoskeletal simulations.

Preparation for the seminar

Participants should bring a laptop with OpenSim installed or be prepared to team up with other participants. OpenSim model files and setup files are written in xml mark down format. Notepad++ is a free text editor that makes it easier to view and edit these xml files.  During the workshop we will use Notepad++ to examine OpenSim files. Hence, please download and install following software prior to the workshop.

Please bring your laptop and a mouse for carrying out the hands-on exercises at the seminar.

We encourage all participant to complete the ‘Tutorial 1 – Intro to Musculoskeletal Modeling’ prior to the seminar.

Tutorial 1 - Intro to Musculoskeletal Modeling


1. Seminar overview

2. Introduction to OpenSim (+hands-on)

3. Converting data

4. Personalizing the model (+hands-on)

5. Inverse kinematics (+hands-on)

Break 30 minutes

6. addbiomechanics

7. Inverse dynamics (+hands-on)

8. Static optimization (+ hands-on)

9. Joint reaction analyses (+hands-on)

10. Outlook and final discussion


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.