On the 19th of October 2017, OpenSim Fellow Luca Modenese (University of Sheffield), along with colleague Clement Favier (Imperial College London) held an OpenSim workshop for beginners, during which basic steps of the OpenSim workflow were demonstrated through hands-on examples and demos, with a special focus towards applications in human movement. The workshop consisted of tutorials developed from data collected on a patient with total knee replacement (https://simtk.org/projects/kneeloads) and focused on the following topics:

  • Data import
  • Model marker set preparation
  • Model scaling
  • Inverse kinematics
  • Introduction to muscle analysis

The event was sponsored by SOFAMEA (Société Francophone d’Analyse du Mouvement chez l’Enfant et l’Adulte) and SB (Société de Biomécanique).

Workshop Location

Institut de Biomecanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Paris.

Preparing for the workshop

To run the hands-on tutorial you will need a laptop with OpenSim 3.3 already installed. For motion capture data visualization and basic processing please install Mokka (https://biomechanical-toolkit.github.io/mokka/) as well. Details about the workshop are also available in French at the website: http://workshop-opensim-2017.sofamea.org.


The agenda is available here.

Workshop slides

  1. Welcome slides (French version)
  2. Musculoskeletal modelling in OpenSim and workshop introduction (French version)
  3. Introduction to the OpenSim GUI (French version)
  4. Loading data in OpenSim (using BTK) (French version)
  5. Marker set definition, modification and scaling (French version)
  6. Inverse Kinematics (French version)
  7. Introduction to muscle Analysis (French version)
  8. Validation of models and simulations (French version)

Materials used in demo

The materials used in the hands-on demo are available here.

Workshop pictures